Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Google Canada Anita Borg Scholarship

Group Shot
Originally uploaded by Terriko.
Last year, Gail and I had the opportunity to go to a women's retreat in New York, all expenses paid. Not only did we get to meet fellow female students from Canada, but we also got to meet a number of women from Google, and attend sessions on technology, new research, and even work-life balance issues. And you know what they say about how Google folk always have the best food? Yeah, we were totally spoiled.

Want to know how you can get in on this this year? It's part of the Anita Borg Scholarships!

The Google Canada Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is intended to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders. It's aimed at senior undergraduate and graduate students. As one might expect for a scholarship, there is some money attached ($5000 each for the winners, and $1000 each for the runners up), but the real perk, for me, was that they do this networking retreat for all the finalists. While we're fortunate here at Carleton to have CU-WISE bringing us together, opportunities to meet other women studying science and engineering are rare and wonderful things. I had a blast meeting the other finalists and hearing about the challenges and opportunities they've had over the course of their academic careers.

I highly recommend that anyone who's eligible apply for the scholarship. It's an terrific opportunity to spend time with other super-amazing women!

The deadline is Monday, February 23rd, 2009. That might seem a while off, but you'll need reference letters and transcripts and I found it took me a while to write the short essays required. So get started soon!


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