Committee members

  • Shai Ben-David
  • Therese Biedl (chair)
  • Christina Boucher (graduate rep, till 4/2007)
  • Samantha Breslin (undergraduate rep till 4/2007 and from 9/2007)
  • Lori Case
  • Victoria Gibbs (undergraduate rep, 5-8/2007)
  • Georgia Kastidou (liaison to Graduate Recruiting Committee)
  • Edward Lank
  • Annie Lee (graduate rep from 5/2007)
  • Greg Zaverucha (graduate rep)


To address issues of gender balance at all levels of computer science.

Specifically, we are interested in the following topics:

  • Attracting female high school students to apply into the CS program.
  • Attracting female high school students to accept an offer from UW-CS.
  • Retaining female CS undergraduate students
  • Attracting female graduates to apply to the MMath program in CS.
  • Attracting female graduates to apply to the PhD program in CS.
  • Attracting female graduates to apply an offer from UW-CS graduate school.
  • Retaining female CS graduate students
  • Attracting female PhD's to apply for faculty positions in CS.
  • Attracting female PhD's to accept an offer for a UW-CS faculty position.
  • Retaining female CS faculty members.


The task force was established in March 2007 by Tamer Özsu (Director of CS). We met weekly throughout the next 6 months. Each sub-topic listed above was studied intensely by 2 or 3 people on the task force, who then reported back to the task force as a whole for feedback.

We spent much time reading related literature and extracting recommendations that have been made elsewhere, and debated whether these might be applicable to UW-CS.

We spent some time doing original data collection, but due to lack of time and resources, limited this to places where related data from other studies either could not be found or did not seem applicable to UW-CS. All data collection went through ethical clearance procedures from the Office of Research Ethics at University of Waterloo.

Reports from sub areas

- ThereseBiedl - 12 Jun 2007

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