Friday, January 25, 2013

YWiC = YWiC + 3;

YWiC is bringing in the new year with three fabulous new members who are all super excited to carry on theYWiC legacy. Susana Bali, Samantha McGuinn, and Noor Muhyi are all previous YWiC campers, YWiC camp assistants, Supercomputing Challenge participants, and New Mexico centennial year graduates. Between this power trio is a combined twelve years of programming experience, three national awards, and countless honors, awards, and scholarships locally. Without further ado, we would like to present the Noobies:

Noor Muhyi - Undergraduate Research Assistant

Noor is a fresh-more majoring in Biology and Computer Science. She was actually a speaker at the first Young Women in Computing camp. Noor attended the camp in Summer 2010 and was a Camp Assistant in Summer 2011. She has recently been hired into the YWiC team as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. She has attended the 2011 and 2012 Grace Hopper Conferences. Noor is a major advocate for C-STEM (Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). She has participated in Regional, State, and International Science Fair competitions. In her spare time, Noor enjoys writing poetry, henna art, and reading fantasy novels. Noor is most excited to "work with the wonderful technical women at YWiC, and to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of women in C-STEM fields."

Sam McGuinn- Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sam is an undergraduate at New Mexico State University pursuing a Computer Science degree. She is a recipient of the Presidents Associates Scholarship at New Mexico State, as well as a National Winner of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing award. She has attended the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing twice, and is a YWiC camper and research assistant Alumni. Sam is a big advocate for the Super Computing Challenge New Mexico, and will be acting as a project judge this year. In her free time Sam enjoys reading, writing short fiction stories, and watching movies. While discussing YWiC Sam says: "I'm most excited to experience the magic of YWiC once more; as a sophomore in high school YWiC introduced me to computer science, and now I'm pursuing a degree in CS. I want more young girls to be able to discover computer science like I did." 

Susana Bali- Undergraduate Research Assistant

Susana is a Civil Engineering major with a minor in mathematics. She was a camp participant during the 2011 summer camp and a camp assistant during the 2012 summer camp. Susana is involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Aggie Dance Sport club. In her free time she enjoys dance and drawing. Susana says "working with YWiC is a great opportunity to gain experience with teamwork and collaboration, hands-on projects, and community outreach. As a previous participant of the camp, I am very excited to have the chance to help make the experience for new girls be as exciting and enriching as it was for me!"

Here's a photo of the girls together during the 2011 high school summer camp:

We're all gearing up new year at YWiC! You can stay in touch with us through facebookGoogle +, and twitter.

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