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Internet2 Establishes Gender Diversity Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein

Jun 18, 2014, by Linda Roos
Tags: 2014 Internet2 Global Summit, Events, InCommon, Internet2 Member, News, Trust & Identity

The Internet2 Gender Diversity Initiative Steering Committee has been charged by Internet2 with creating and implementing a program to provide support for emerging information technology women professionals to attend Internet2 technical conferences thereby supporting their entry into the information technology field and the Internet2 community. 

The Steering Committee created the Gender Diversity Award and the winner of the 2014 Internet2 Gender Diversity Award will be invited to participate in the Internet2 Technology Exchange in Collaboration with ESnet hosted by Indiana University (Indianapolis, IN, October 26-30, 2014). The award will cover travel expenses and conference registration.

The first award will be made in honor of Carrie Regenstein, retired Associate Vice Provost for Computing Services at Carnegie-Mellon University and will be called the 2014 Internet2 Gender Diversity Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein. The Trusted Identity in Research and Education Program Advisory Group (TIER PAG), formerly Internet2's InCommon Steering Committee, suggested that an award be established to honor Carrie in recognition of Carrie’s service as the first chair of the InCommon Steering Committee. 

For the 2014 Award, consistent with Carrie’s path from beginning as an academic technologist to becoming a leader in the InCommon program because of what it could enable on her campus and in all of higher education, consideration will be given to a woman recognized as an “generalist,” that is, an integrator whose focus is on the use of technology to serve the faculty, staff and students of her institution. A special goal of the awardee’s attendance at the Technology Exchange will be to bring new technology ideas and strategies back to her institution.

Scholarship Details

  • Scholarship will be awarded to a woman, including graduate student, working at an Internet2 member organization (higher education, R&E network member, affiliate or corporate) and attending her first Internet2 event. 
  • Grant monies will be applied first to registration fees, then to transportation and housing costs not to exceed $3000.
  • For the 2014 Internet2 Gender Diversity Award in Recognition of Carrie Regenstein, consideration will be given to a woman recognized as a “generalist,” that is, an integrator whose focus is the use of technology to serve the faculty, students, and staff of her institution.
  • For 2014, the awardee will be invited to attend the Internet2 Technology Exchange. A mentor will be chosen to accompany the awardee to select sessions during the Technology Exchange and to ensure that the awardee has ample opportunity to interact with professionals attending the Exchange.

Application Process

The following information should be included in the application:

  • Name and contact information
  • Name of institution 
  • Length of time you have been employed or studying at your current institution
  • Indication of financial need for professional development
  • Brief personal statement (two pages maximum) showing the value and potential impact of the scholarship
  • A brief statement (two pages maximum) of support from a senior administrator (CIO or Dean) at your institution
  • The winner will be asked to submit a post-trip report articulating how the experience will benefit her as she progresses in her career.


Nominations are being accepted now and will close on July 28, 2014.