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The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) is an annual conference for networking and professional development, sponsored by the Anita Borg Foundation.

Grinnell students attended GHC in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013. We want to take a group to GHC 2014 in Phoenix! Talk to Prof. Janet Davis about funding and travel.

Reasons why you should go to GHC

  • Build your networking skills. Meet diverse people with a wide variety of interests and experiences.
    • There is no field of CS you can't find represented somehow.
    • You can make personal connections too. In 2011, Dilan found a group of Turkish computer scientists, and Lexy found a company right near her home.
    • GHC is a great place to meet grad students, sometimes including Grinnell CS alumnae.
  • Build confidence. Learn to talk about what you want and what you are interested in.
  • Learn about the breadth of CS and decide whether a career in computing is for you.
  • Find a great summer internship or open source opportunity.
  • Hear dynamic keynote speakers, such as Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, in 2011.
  • Get free stuff! (Especially pens and T-shirts.)
  • Get out of the Grinnell bubble. Meet new people and explore a new city.
  • Dance at the end-of-conference party.
  • Play XBox games.
  • Hug Telle Whitney, President of the Anita Borg Institute.
  • For men: Learn how to create a more supportive community for the women you work with.
  • For women: Take pride in being a woman in technology.

Advice for submitting research

  • The deadline to apply to present a poster of your research is usually around March 15.
  • Look for the "Call for Participation" to find the submission format and guidelines.
  • Ask your research advisor and/or other students to review your submission.

Advice for applying for scholarships

  • The deadline to apply for a scholarship to attend GHC is usually around April 15.
  • Funding is available from the College to help you attend GHC.
  • Be sure to write about the state of women in CS at Grinnell. What are the numbers? What's the trajectory? How can you help build the community?
  • Address how you plan to bring what you learn at GHC back to Grinnell.

Advice for getting the most out of GHC

  • "Lean in" - be eager to try new things and take advantage of the opportunities you find!
  • Before you register, visit the GHC web site. Find out if there are any special networking lunches you want to go to.
  • Decide what you want to get out of GHC before you go. Read the conference program online. Watch YouTube videos of past talks.
  • Join the Systers email list.
  • Be familiar with the transportation options (especially for getting to and from the airport).
  • Leave room in your luggage for swag (free stuff).
  • Casual clothing is okay---you'll see people in jeans and t-shirts---but you will want to make a good impression with possible employers and mentors.
  • Bring your resume. Bring lots of copies.
  • Have questions to ask recruiters from the companies you are interested in.
  • Be prepared to hear lots of buzzwords; don't be afraid to ask people what they or their companies actually do.
  • Know that the exhibit hall is open during most of the conference. You can keep networking with recruiters even past the official "job fair" night.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Get up early and explore the city.
  • Stay up late talking with your new friends.
  • Don't miss the keynotes! They are a great conversation topic with anyone you meet.
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