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Call Open for 2015 Internet2 Gender Diversity Award

Feb 03, 2015, by Linda Roos
Tags: 2015 Global Summit, Gender Diversity Award, Gender Diversity Initiative

Background

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 has created a Gender Diversity Award. The winners of the 2014 Internet2 Gender Diversity Award were invited to participate in the Internet2 Technology Exchange. The Steering Committee will continue the program by presenting two 2015 Internet2 Gender Diversity Awards for participation in the Internet2 2015 Global Summit in Washington, DC (April 26-30, 2015).  The award will cover travel expenses and conference registration. A goal of the awardee’s attendance at the Global Summit will be to bring new technology ideas and strategies back to her institution.

Scholarship Parameters

  • Scholarship will be awarded to a woman, including graduate students, 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.
  • The awardee will be invited to attend the Internet2 2015 Global Summit in Washington, DC (April 26-30).  One or more mentors will be chosen to accompany the awardee to select sessions during the Global Summit and to ensure that the awardee has ample opportunity to interact with professionals attending the Global Summit.

Application Process

  • An application must be submitted to 2015GDI-nominations@internet2.edu.
  • Applicants can self nominate or be nominated by professionals from within their institutions. The following information should be included in the application:
    • Name and contact information
    • Name of institution 
    • Duration of employment or study at 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 the 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.

Deadline

EXTENDED! Nominations will now close on March 25, 2015.

2014 Winners

Picture - Jill Casey, 2014 Gender Diversity Award Winner"Receiving this scholarship and attending Tech Exchange was the single most memorable and catalytic professional experience for me last year. The Gender Diversity scholarship is a unique and truly incredible opportunity to get plugged into the Internet2 organization. Internet2 is deeply committed to helping women be successful in reaching their full potential as technologists. It is an amazing community of the best and brightest of innovative thinkers collaborating in an open, creative and supportive environment." - Jill Casey, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Applications Systems Administrator, Office of Information Technology

Picture - Jamie McCue, 2014 Gender Diversity Award Winner"I was extremely honored to be selected for the 2014 Gender Diversity Award in honor of Carrie Regenstein. As the number of women entering IT continues to decline, it is imperative for those of us who are already in the field to encourage and support those who are considering IT. The time that I spent with mentors at TechEx was invaluable and very inspiring and I am grateful to have had that opportunity." - Jamie McCue, Colorado State University, Academic Computing & Networking Service, Office of Telecommunications