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Call for Participation Conference Program General Information Supporters
The goal of the BOFs is to provide an informal discussion in a specific topic area. While we are interested in a wide range of topics, we particularly encourage those which will bring together participants with a common interest in technical areas. For example, if you want to meet other conference participants interested in the ubiquitous computing research area, propose a BOF that will achieve this goal. A BOF proposal should include an abstract on the topic of the BOF, the expected audience for the BOF session, and a brief summary on the qualifications of the organizer who will lead the BOF session.

Dr. Jeffrey R. N. Forbes, BOF Commitee Chair
Duke University, forbes@cs.duke.edu

BIRDS-OF-A-FEATHER (BOF)
Developing Outreach Programs through Student-Run Presentations: Carnegie Mellon's Women@SCS "Outreach Roadshow"
Lenore Blum, Carnegie Mellon University
Carol Frieze, Carnegie Mellon University

We have organized a BoF discussion session based on our Women@SCS Roadshow which is an Outreach presentation run by a group of women faculty, graduates and undergraduates from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science. We will demonstrate how the Outreach Roadshow can be used with students and school children to challenge some of the stereotypes that still exist in the field. In particular we will look at changing images of computer scientists and the changing image of the field.

We will encourage discussion on how this type of outreach program can be adapted to different age ranges, venues, and how it can become a tool for both computer science students (in particular women and other underrepresented groups) and classroom teachers. The discussion will focus on what works and what doesn't work; adapting the presentation to meet the needs of teachers; adapting the program for online use; and on how such a presentation can provide opportunities for computer science students to act as role models and leaders thus increasing the visibility of women (and other underrepresented groups) in the field. The discussion will also ask how/can such programs can be evaluated for their value and effectiveness.

This BoF should be fun and interactive for all participants!! The discussion will serve a variety of interests but will be especially attractive to those looking for ideas on computer science outreach, mentoring and role modeling. Students, teachers and parents should find this discussion useful and members of student organizations looking to produce outreach programs of their own would also make great participants.

Women@SCS: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~women
Outreach Roadshow: http://wascs.sp.cs.cmu.edu/What/Outreach/Roadshow/

About the Organizers:

Lenore Blum
Lenore Blum is Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University where she is co-Director of the NSF-ITR funded ALADDIN Center (for ALgorithm ADaptation, Dissemination and IntegratioN) and faculty advisor to the student organization, Women@SCS. She received her Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1968 (the same year Princeton first allowed women to enter their graduate program). For over 30 years, she has created programs to increase the participation of girls and women in scientific and technical fields and co-founded many pro-active organizations such as the Math/Science Network and its Expanding Your Horizons conferences.

Carol Frieze
Carol Frieze (MA in Literary and Cultural Studies, CMU) has been Associate Director for Women@SCS for the past 3 years. She helped design and implement the Women@SCS Roadshow. She taught Cultural Studies in the CMU English department for 4 years while she was enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate, and worked as a student academic advisor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Frieze has a background in inner-city high school teaching and in hospital teaching. Frieze also maintains the School of Computer Science web site at Carnegie Mellon University.

Allison Clark, National Center for Supercomputer Applications
Phoebe Lenear, National Center for Supercomputer Applications

Coalition to Diversify Computing: Distributed Rap Session
Strong support systems are critical to the success of any rigorous graduate program; especially graduate programs in computer engineering, computer science and computational science. Such programs are very demanding, due to the significance of research projects. It is well known that a community of peers can provide this needed support system. It is important, however, that this community consists of peers with common backgrounds, both ethnically and intellectually. This can be a problem for minority graduate students in the area of computing, for which the numbers are very small.

The goal of this project was three-fold:
  1. Continue the project that began in 2001 by Valerie Taylor and Bryant York that focused on building a virtual community of minority undergraduate and graduate students.
  2. Expose minority undergraduate computer science and engineering students to research.
  3. Hold short research meetings with undergraduate students to discuss research progress, problems encountered, and goals achieved.

The Access Grid (AG) is an ensemble of resources that can be used to support human interaction across distributed sites, called Access Nodes. The resources include multimedia displays, presentations and interaction environments as well as the interfaces to visualization technology. Access Grid nodes are "designed spaces" that explicitly contain the high-end audio and video technology needed to provide high-quality compelling user experiences.

During summer 2003, the AG was used to create a virtual community of underrepresented minority undergraduate students from Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and to discuss graduate school opportunities and research projects. In addition to exploring the virtual community concept, the project investigated the use of the AG to support distant mentoring. Can the AG support the research process between remote students and faculty?

In the BoF, students will present their research and share their experiences-pros and cons in participating in virtual communities and distance mentoring relationships.
About the Organizers:

Allison Clark

Allison Clark is the Assistant Director of Digital Equity Initiatives at the National Center for Supercomputing Application (NCSA). NCSA is the leading edge site of the National Computational Science Alliance (Alliance), one of the two partnerships funded by the National Science Foundation.s (NSF) Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI) program. Dr. Clark develops programs to create strategic relationships between the Alliance and members of underrepresented groups in the area of high performance computing. Her Digital Equity Initiatives program and Minority Serving Institutions. (MSIs) program are comprehensive efforts to involve African American, Hispanic, Native American, and female scientists and engineers in Alliance and NCSA research efforts. Dr. Clark earned her Ph.D. in mass media from Michigan State University. Her research interests are comprised of investigating culturally specific approaches to bridging the digital divide.specifically the combination of information technology with Hip Hop Culture. Recently, in an effort to utilize high performance computing in the social sciences and humanities, she has begun to explore the feasibility of creating self-sustaining, interdisciplinary communities of collaboration

Phoebe Lenear

Phoebe E. Lenear received her B. S. and M.S. degrees in general engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with specializations in mathematics and human-computer interaction. In January 2004, she will be receiving her PhD in Human Resource Education, with an emphasis in technology education and training, instructional design, and program evaluation. Her dissertation topic is entitled, 'The Effect of an Internet-based Mentoring Program on the Transactional Distance, Interaction, and Dialogue between Mentors and Proteges'. Her aspirations are to continue research in online mentoring and work with inner city schools to assist them with integrating technology into the classroom. She currently works as a Program Manager at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Champaign, IL and serves as the chairperson of the NCSA Diversity Committee.
Barbara Simons,
Rebecaa Mercuri Alice Allen,

Special Video Showing: Counting on Democracy

     Last updated: 8/21/03 (MMC)