The team at WiCS works hard to plan and put on engaging and informative events for the undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Waterloo! Events are either run by Big WiCS (faculty and staff on the committee) in collaboration with industrial sponsors or the undergraduate committee, also known as Little WiCS. They aim to foster a space to build relationships within the WiCS community and provide valuable skills and opportunities for those studying here.
All WiCS events are governed by the WiCS Code of Conduct.
WiCS held a virtual orientation for our incoming Fall 2020 class! In case you missed it, here is how you can access some of the information:
- The sessions from the event can be watched again by re-accessing the event and selecting "Playback" on the session you would like to view. You can watch them as many times as you would like!
- WiCS Upper Year students put together some videos with tips on topics like navigating online classes, study techniques and more. Watch the videos here.
- Jo Atlee, Director of WiCS, spoke on what means to be a part of WiCS and the importance of peer support, the WiCS Orientation 2020 Slides can be reviewed here.
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Each year, we try to fund as many students as possible to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
- The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest conference for technical women that provides access to sessions covering a wide range of subjects and professional development for all career levels.
- Leading researchers present their work, while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields, including computer science, information technology, research, and engineering.
- With thanks and gratitude to the Mathematics Endowment Fund, whose generous funding provides 20 percent of the funds needed to send WiCS students to the annual Grace Hopper Celebration.
- Want to know more about Grace Hopper? Look at this page and the links that it lists at the end.
WiCS Con is a two-day conference being hosted by WiCS in partnership with our industrial sponsors to offer something unique to our students. Being online has its advantages, such as being able to engage people who would otherwise not be able to because of travel, being in co-op or conflicting with classes. For our students, it creates a lot of questions, “What will hiring look like?”, “How will co-op change?” This conference hopes to answer some of those questions and gives the answers straight from the source. It will still give an opportunity for the professional development that our sponsor events are known for.
After the success of WiCS Con in Fall 2020, we had to bring it back. We saw 150+ students online over the course of the weekend. The conference will be centred around acing technical interviews, learning more about the intern experience and navigating gender inequity. There will also be plenty of opportunities for sponsors to engage with students 1-1 and in small group settings.
This time, we are adding in a track for high school students! Each section will outline which of the 2 tracks (high school or undergraduate) are eligible to partake. Below are some key points about each of the main areas of the conference.
Closer to home, we aim for a significant Waterloo presence at the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing; the generosity of sponsors makes the cost of attending very low.
Bubbles are groups of first-year WiCS students that are paired with 2 upper-year students who mentor them throughout the term. Bubbles meet regularly to socialize, provide support, advice, and have fun! First-year isn't easy but having a BigCSter mentor could make it a bit better!
Connect with other students! Bubbles are hosted on Slack! Slack is used in professional workplaces to communicate with members of a team, co-workers, and your employers! This is a great opportunity for you to get first-hand experience with Slack and add it to your resume while meeting more peers!
Little WiCS' Big CSters Mentorship
The Big CSters Mentorship Program helps connect women and non-binary students in Computer Science and related fields, through events geared towards mentorship and community building. The events include technical workshops, social gatherings, and discussion circles about common issues that students face.
First-year or senior year students can get involved with Big CSters by coming to our events.
Distinguished lecture series
The School of Computer Science organize lunches for students, alumni, staff, and faculty to interact with our distinguished speakers from other institutions and discuss topics related to women in computer science.
Look for our full listing of past and present speakers.
Gatherings and events that include lots of other women in CS creates a supportive atmosphere.
- Sharon, PhD candidate