Two Helios Scholars at TGen alumnae
will be attending the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
Celebration, October 14-16 in Houston.
Alexandra Nazareno, a senior
computer science major at Arizona State University, and Divya
Mahendra, a graduate student and 2015 Helios alum, received
scholarships to attend on behalf of ASU Engineering.
"It's exciting to see women from all
over the country who are interested in computer science and
succeeding in a male-dominated industry," said Alexandra, a 2014
and 2015 Helios Scholar who continues to work in bioinformatics and
analysis for Dr. Murtaza Muhammed's lab.
With more than 8,000 expected
attendees from 60-plus countries, GHC is the world's largest
technical conference for women in computing with speakers ranging
from Sheryl Sandberg,
the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, to Megan Smith, the United States chief technology
Alexandra and Divya will participate
in professional development activities as well as sessions geared
toward their personal interests.
"The conference has everything from
big data to security," Alexandra explained. "Women in STEM is
something I have always been interested in, so I'm excited to
Alexandra became interested in
information technology when she took her first computer science
class as a senior at Xavier College Prep, where her computer
science teacher Catherine Wyman encouraged the young women to enter
the field. Her Helios internships opened her eyes to the many
career possibilities for women in STEM.
"When I became a computer science
major, I wanted to see how my major could be applied to the health
sciences," Alexandra said. "More data is coming through and needs
to be analyzed. I have an interest in both biology and technology
and TGen combines it."