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Broadening Participation in Computing

Illinois Computer Science is delighted to facilitate a variety of workshops and programs to benefit the CS academic and research communities, as we seek to make computing’s remarkable opportunities available to everyone.

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Illinois Computing Accelerator for Non-specialists

iCAN is a new one-year program for non-computer science college graduates who are interested in a high-tech computing career or pursuing a graduate degree in computer science. Specifically designed coursework in computing fundamentals is coupled with individualized attention from world-class faculty, plus academic and career mentoring.

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Upcoming Events

AI4ALL Discover AI 

Spring 2021

Discover AI is a virtual program that offers a hands-on introduction to computer science and artificial intelligence, ethical issues surrounding AI implementation, and tech careers. Students will walk away with ideas for next steps to take in pursuing an academic or career path related to AI.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates

Summer 2021

In the 10-week long Illinois Computer Science Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), students work with Illinois faculty mentors and graduate students over the summer to get an introduction to computer science research. This is an outstanding opportunity for aspiring scientists and faculty to learn from leading experts in computer science. 

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Past Events

Workshop on Departmental Plans for Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)

November 13-15, 2019

This NSF sponsored workshop will take place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science. Participants will spend 1.5 days  learning from BPC experts and working in break-out groups to develop a departmental plan for their own unit. The culmination of the workshop will be a departmental plan that leadership teams can take back to their unit for their faculty to use in support of their NSF CISE proposals.

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Rising Stars 2019: An Academic Career Workshop for Women in EECS

October 29 - November 1, 2019

Rising Stars is an intensive workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and Stanford University.

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Jancie Harris

BPC Program Coordinator