The University of Wisconsin's (UW) Wisconsin Emerging Scholars in Computer Sciences (WES-CS) program has been active since 2004, and now it aims to broaden its course offerings beyond introductory classes. UW has used the program to draw women and minorities to the computer science field.
WES-CS seeks to give students one-on-one support to cultivate confidence, which many aspiring computer science majors lack, according to Mark Hill, chair of the UW Department of Computer Sciences.
UW computer science undergraduate program coordinator Nikki Lemmon notes women make up only 14 percent of the school's computer science majors. She also says it is imperative "to have a computing workforce that reflects the true diversity of our society."
"Being in the WES-CS program and talking with other students and women who've never programmed before makes me feel much more confident," says program participant and sophomore Saloni Saraf.
From The Badger Herald (WI)
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