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Women in Computer Science Strives for Community, Professional Growth


Baylor Women in Computer Science (WiCS) back in 2018 when it was first chartered.

Said co-faculty adviser Mary Lauren Benton, “A club like this can help to connect women not only to other women who are doing interesting work, but other applications of computer science, such as improving the environment or working to combat climat

Credit: Baylor WiCS

Mary Lauren Benton, assistant professor in the department of computer science of Baylor University and co-faculty adviser for Baylor's Women in Computer Science (WiCS), said the organization aims to build community among women, encourage professional growth and develop mentoring relationships within the club and with the outside community.

"We have some informal mentoring relationships between the older and younger members of the group and between the faculty mentors," Benton said. "I know that this year's officer group has been really active and trying to build up the club. And so they're interested in building a more formal mentorship program that would help connect younger undergraduate students with more senior upper-level students and with graduate students potentially."

The organization's events range from professional development to social events. Benton said they've had discussions with companies about job opportunities and resume help.

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