Student Organization Spotlight: Women in Computer Science (WiCS)
By: Sandra Dieron, PR Assistant, Computer Science
Women in Computer Science (WiCS) is a student-run group open to students, staff, and alumni in the computer science department at UC Santa Barbara. The organization’s mission is to support and empower women in computer science at UCSB. WiCS organizes social, mentoring and outreach events to connect with women in technology in and around Santa Barbara. In the future, WiCS aims to develop membership and awareness of the group to the larger student population
WiCS usually meets every first Thursday of the month to enjoy coffee and donuts. During this coffee hour, members speak to each other about their research and mentor each other. This year’s co-officers of are Deeksha Dangwal, third year PhD candidate, Goksu Guvendiren, first year M.S. student working with rendering computer graphics, and Aiwen Xu, first year PhD candidate.
Many members speak highly of the organization’s mentorship aspect as the Computer Science program at UCSB offers Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, so many students stay with the program for several years. Carly Larsson, first year M.S. student, notes, “WiCS is a great place to meet graduate students who can show you the ropes of the Computer Science program.”