TXST University Rise Up 4 CS Program

Texas State University Rise Up 4 CS

The LBJ Institute at Texas State University is proud to join the national initiative to close the gender gap for underrepresented women of color in tech by adopting and implementing the Rise Up 4 Computer Science program at Texas State. PI, Dr. Maggie Chen, and Co-PI, Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz will manage a 3 year program that expands Professor Barbara Ericson’s model of providing help sessions, role models, and engaging computing experiences for underrepresented female students of color who are in Advanced Placement Computer Science-A courses in our local area high schools.

In a nine-month period, 9 monthly in-person sessions will be offered and three (3) virtual sessions per month will be hosted. Existing Rise Up 4 CS virtual components and in-person components will be adapted, and role models will be invited to support as guest speakers. University students in computer engineering/science will be recruited to provide program support, and to serve as learning facilitators and peer mentors.

Year 1: Fall 2019

A target of 15 high school young women enrolled in the AP Computer Science A course in North Austin and Round Rock schools will be invited to participate in virtual learning sessions and monthly in-person, engaging campus sessions that support their progress in computer science. Nine (9) in-person sessions will be offered at the Texas State University Round Rock campus

We are recruiting two student employees to provide content support for the virtual and in-person sessions for approximately 10 hours per week at an hourly rate of $11 per hour. The students are required to know Java very well, and preferably took APCSA in high school or same level course in college.

 If you are interested in the position, please email Dr. Chen at Maggie.chen@txstate.edu

Deadline: Oct. 16, 2019, midnight