IT PhD student awarded Facebook scholarship

18 August 2014

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Congratulations to Shampa Shahriyar (PhD student) on being selected as one of Facebook's 2014 Grace Hopper Scholarship recipients. The Facebook Grace Hopper Scholarship gives 25 women excelling in Computer Science a chance to attend the conference and spend a few valuable days before the conference with Facebook engineers.

As part of the application process for this scholarship, Shampa needed to submit an essay.

"The topics covered in the essay included some questions about my background, difficulties I faced as a women to pursue higher studies, state of women in my country of origin (Bangladesh), how this scholarship will benefit me to inspire other women in IT, what are my future goals and how these goals will work for the prospect of women in IT. Also I needed to submit a resume containing my research and other activities along with publication, qualification and achievements. " she said.

The award includes paid registration fee for the Grace Hopper Conference, paid travel and lodging expenses, including a pre-Grace Hopper Conference program in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) that includes tech talks, mentoring sessions, and sightseeing from October 7 - October 8, 2014.

"I am really excited to be one of the 25 people selected for the Facebook scholarship and get a chance to meet with influential people from Facebook. Also by attending this conference I will learn about the influential women in IT and their dreams and about the prospects of women in IT around the world."

"Also I would like to add that my supervisory team (which includes Sue McKemmish and Manzur Murshed) is very supportive and they encourage me a lot to participate in other activities along with my research, which is very essential for a PhD student to shape his/her thinking and ability."

Summary of the The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2014

The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing is the world's largest gathering of women technologists. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in partnership with ACM. It offers a unique combination of sessions focused on the latest in technology as well as career development. GHC is a series of conferences designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.
This year's theme "Everywhere. Everyone." is creating an opportunity for all women technologists to network, collaborate, and explore the latest technologies while celebrating the influence of women in computing. The event provides attendees with technical sessions hosted by researchers and industry leaders, professional development sessions for attendees at all career levels, and a career fair for aspiring undergraduate and graduate students.

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