Focus on Women & Leadership in Computing/Engineering Careers
The Women’s Summer Program in Computing/Engineering (W-SPiCE) initiative is designed to engage highly motivated DeMatteis students in learning more about companies in specialty areas related to computer science and engineering, with a focus on how innovative women have advanced in these fields. Recognizing the underrepresentation of women leaders in the workforce in the fields of computer science and engineering, DeMatteis seeks to educate its students about opportunities after graduation for women to advance in this area. The program is designed to help engaged students learn in a supportive, inclusive environment and to develop leadership and communication skills necessary to enter the workforce with confidence.
W-SPiCE begins with a four-day winter session. First-year students take field trips with a faculty mentor to eight different companies, both in Manhattan and on Long Island, including plant tours that will expose them to the diversity of opportunities awaiting them after graduation. The program will engage and support participating students with mentoring, workshops, events, and resources.
The core of the program is offered in the summer and is available to female and male DeMatteis students who demonstrate strong academic credentials in the first-year curriculum and who have a demonstrated interest in learning and working in an inclusive, supportive environment that enables women, who are currently underrepresented in computing/engineering fields, to succeed. Selected participants will spend five weeks with faculty members in five distinct fields, immersed in study, lab activities, and design-related projects relevant to the high-tech companies they visit.
The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes lunch.
A $2,500 stipend will be awarded to all students who complete the program successfully. Participation in the winter program is limited to 15 students.
Participation in the summer program is limited to 12 students.
Summer 2023 program: May 30, 2023 to June 30, 2023 (held on campus)
Winter 2024 program: January 22 to January 25 (Visits to local companies)