Week 5, aka Midterms Week, can be incredibly stressful. Therefore, on April 29, WICS decided to host a social event and de-stress by having a movie night. Since it was Midterms Week, many members were busy and did not show up, but still about 15 people showed up to de-stress by watching movies!
The Recurse Center, formerly known as Hacker School, presented to WICS on April 22. Its goal was for WICS members to learn more about its free three month retreat in New York City for people who want to get better at programming. Over 20 people showed up and enjoyed the presentation while eating great food.
WICS often hosts company info sessions to spread valuable information about various companies to its members, so on April 15 WICS invited Pariveda Solutions to present on their topic “Consulting versus Industry.” Here they debated the pros and cons of working for a consulting company (like Pariveda Solutions) versus a more industry-driven company. The developers from Pariveda Solutions also shared their own personal experiences and answered any questions our members had for them. Over 20 people showed up and enjoyed a great presentation.
On April 15, WICS collaborated with UCI’s Career Center to bring its members a day of mock interviews. Partnering with companies like Laserfiche and Blizzard, many WICS members experienced what it is like to be interviewed by actual companies and gained valuable experience that will help them prepare for real-life interviews in the future.
On the night of April 1, WICS hosted its first general meeting of spring quarter. Both old and new members showed up for a night of food and games. Over 30 members showed up and had a great night.
Amazon collaborated with WICS on February 25 and hosted an info session. Space was limited so only students that RSVPed were allowed to enter. Luckily, WICS tried their best to accommodate as many people as possible. WICS managed to allow about 100 students to listen in on the info session so that they could learn more about working and applying to Amazon.
On February 18, WICS hosted a Verizon Info Sessions. Female engineers from Verizon came and talked about the opportunities at Verizon and what it’s like to work at Verizon. The first half of the info session was a mixer focused mainly on more personal socialization, while the second half was an info session about Verizon with a Q&A at the end. Over 30 people showed up and learned a lot about Verizon!
On March 12, the WICS president, Angela Liu presented to a group of prospective high school female computer science majors. She answered questions about what its like to be in computer science, why they should do computer science and what they can do with computer science. About 25 people attended her talk and were all very glad that she talked to them and helped them understand more about computer science.
On February 11, WICS hosted a study session. Since it was midterms week, WICS decided it would be beneficial for members to collaborate and study together. Upperclassmen helped the underclassmen out with work they didn’t understand while snacking ice cream and cookies. About over 10 people showed up and had a great time eating ice cream and studying together!
National Center of Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has selected the University of California, Irvine’s Women in Information and Computer Sciences to receive the NCWIT Student Seed Fund gift sponsored by Symantec!
The announcement for the award can be seen here.
Thank you to both Symantec and NCWIT for this generous award!