Awards & Competitions

For Students

DevBootcamp’s Ada Lovelace Scholarship program: Explore Computer Science and STEM Technologies:
Application Deadline: June 12, 2017

The DevBootcamp’s Ada Lovelace Scholarship program is an opportunity for young women, ages between 7 and 17, to participate free of charge in one of the Summer Coding Camps for Kids at UC San Diego, organized by ThoughtSTEM. The company was launched by CSE alumni Stephen Foster (Ph.D. ’14) and Sarah Esper (Ph.D. ’15) as well as Lindsey Handley, a UC San Diego alumna in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The half-day camps are spread out over the summer.

According to Foster, a local company training software developers, Dev Bootcamp, has agreed to fund six young women in the San Diego area to attend individual half-day computer science summer camp sessions held by ThoughtSTEM at UC San Diego. The scholarships are part of the company’s program named for computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer program. She was history’s first computer programmer, and the computer-programming language Ada was named in her honor. Each of the six Ada Lovelace scholars will receive full tuition from Dev Bootcamp to any one afternoon camp offered between June and August. (See ThoughtSTEM’s summer schedule for times and topics available based on the grade cohort of the student.)

The summer camps are an opportunity for girls and young women to get experience with graphic design, game design, virtual reality, wearable technology, Python, Java and other programming tools. Specific courses include: Java Programming: Get Creative with Code; Exploring Coding and Engineering; 2D Game Design for Mobile Phones; Electrical Engineering with Arduino; Adventures in Minecraft Modding and Game Design; and many more. The summer camps are open to young women and men, at the standard afternoon early registration fee of $225 (including lunch).

For more information and how to apply, please click here.

For Educators

ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award
Nominations end: June 30, 2017
The ACM SIGHPC Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing (EWL/TC) is a biennial award open to any woman who has engaged in HPC and technical computing research, education, and/or practice for 5-15 years since receiving her highest degree. This international award creates a new career milestone achievement, and consists of a $2,000 honorarium, travel support to the SC conference, and a recognition plaque. It also establishes a cohort of role models for students and professional who are just getting started in our field. The award is presented every two years, with the first presentation in November during SC17.

For more information about how to nominate, please visit

For Both Teacher and Student Award Nominations
Do you know a teacher or student who’s changing the face of computer science – in big ways and small? wants to feature them and is offering prizes for each winner! Please share your nominations to help celebrate students and teachers of all experience levels.
Click here to nominate a Student of the Week, and here to nominate a Teacher of the Month.