Student Comments on Attending Grace Hopper, Vancouver 2002
"Saturday's final session: Plenary Panel: Getting Wired for Success: What
It Takes To Become a Leader in High Tech"
I liked the fact that
it was a panel consisting of successful women in leadership positions.
In fact, that is what I aim to become some day. I received a lot of good
advice, found out that they all have great personalities in addition to
having a strong technical and leadership background. It's exciting to
meet and hear stories about women who are successful in every sense of
the word - professional and personally."
"Data and Privacy Post 9/11. It was extremely relevant to a class
that I am currently on Privacy and Anonymity in Data. In fact, my professor
was even mentioned during the lecture for being an authority in the area.
In general though, I enjoyed how the panelists discussed a way that technology
"My favorite session was the one in which the recruiter from Microsoft
came and spoke about technical interviews. The neat thing about this session
was that we were able to see things from a recruiter's perspective. The
information we learned in this session is very applicable to our lives,
and that made it very useful and intriguing."
"From Bits to Bots, which to me is undeniably the most entertaining
session of all. It was the session with the fastest pace, with every minute
worthwhile, the impression I got from the people on stage that day is
that they were so excited about their work, to be here, and had so much
to give to the audience that it was a pity it had to fit
within that time slot ... it was great how the audience was kept laughing
during parts of the panel too!"
"My favorite session was the one on how different genders in different
countries view the field of Computer Science. It was interesting to see
how different the perceptions were based on the country of the student.
Also, it was interesting to see how genders were the same/different in
"My favorite was the Carnegie Mellon session... =) It was very well
done and showcased the strengths of our school and community very well.
However, if I have to pick any other one I would say the one about career
transitions...it was very fascinating to hear the different life stories
of the women who have succeeded in this field."
"I most enjoyed Francine Berman's keynote speech and the poster
sessions. The poster sessions provided a nice opportunity to sample a
wide range of women's research comfortably. The session was both academic
in nature and social, and reflected women's ubiquity in the field. Most
of the women in the poster sessions were fellow graduate students; their
academic experiences and career experiences, then, relate well to my own."
"The CMU session and the Microsoft session on how to succeed at
a technical interview.
CMU: the fact that everyone left the room excited about what women can
achieve in computing.
Microsoft: It was good to hear what an interviewer thinks when he/she
"My favorite session was definitely Leah Jamieson's keynote talk
on "Engineering, Community, Passion, and Balance," in which
she discussed her work with the EPICS project at Purdue. This program
gives students a chance to work on long-term, community-impacting projects.
It's similar to something I've worked with at CMU (the Technology Consulting
in the Community course), though on a much larger scale. It was really
inspiring to see how much passion Ms. Jamieson devoted to this project,
which not only benefits the larger community but also helps students learn
to see the opportunities available for using engineering as a tool for
improving the lives of others."
"I LOVED Vancouver. It was so beautiful. I liked going to Stanley Park
and I also liked just walking around downtown. There was SO much to do and
see! Too bad we were only there for a short period of time."
" . . . Tojo's for sushi. It was the best sushi I ever had. I also
took a lot of
beautiful pictures of Vancouver which I am now using for my website."
"Bike riding in Stanley park."
"Going salsa dancing and eating sushi :)"
"Just hanging out with the other Women@SCS members wandering around
Vancouver since we never get to spend time together during school."
"Going out to dinner with everyone from CMU".
"Hanging out with the professors and the grad students. I never
usually get to do that... so that was great... going to dinner and checking
out the sites was great!"
"I benefited in several ways. First, I met many people in the field
of CS. These people were from all over the world. Also, I think that we
as Women@SCS helped many people who were trying to set up something that
we have. It seemed that no matter where we went, people had heard of us
and were asking us questions. So I think that even though we benefited from
the sessions and the networking, we helped out others a great deal too!"
"I received a lot of good advice. Sometimes my future seems very
uncertain to me because we are walking in a path that hasn't been paved
too well. However, hearing success stories from other women reinforced
my goals and boosted my confidence. After attending the conference, I
also felt very lucky to be a student at Carnegie Mellon University. A
lot of other schools are still struggling with issues that we have already
dealt with or are familiar with. Using the path analogy again, our path
is a lot more paved than that of students from some other schools. I feel
very lucky to have the opportunity to receive such a strong technical
background in a school that understands and values women in computing."
"Got the opportunity to listen to fantastic stories and experiences
from many successful working women . ."
"I really liked how we had speakers during all meals. Each one was
different, and it was a nice addition to the food."
"I loved how the breakfasts were set up, so that one could mill
around the room and really get to meet new people and talk about common
"Meeting new people... and seeing other women who have made it..."
"It definitely benefited me academically, deepened my knowledge
about the applications of the technology that we learnt at school. I realized
computer science is a larger field than I thought it was. It was really
great to make friends with other girls in the field! This event also introduced
me for the first time to women in the computer sciences who are more than
few years older than myself, other than the lecturers at this university.
I respect them all and am truly inspired by their successes."
"I was very inspired to continue my career in Computer Science
"It gave me perspective as to what other women in computing are
doing to change the world -- it was quite empowering."
"The success stories of other women were inspirational and motivating...
I learnt a lot from them and it was wonderful and amazing to see how many
other women there are out there who have done such great things!"
"Meeting people and networking is very exciting. Not only did I
receive an opportunity to meet other women in the field, and students
seeking degrees in the field, I got to know some people from CMU as well."
"Meeting other women in computing and learning more about my own
colleagues on a level I hadn't before."
"Being around so many women and knowing that they were (almost)
all in computer science. There was a definite sense of community, and
it was nice knowing that I fit in with so many people around the world."
"Strangely, GH served me best as an opportunity to better get to
know the women in my own immediate community, at CMU. I really enjoyed
attending talks and going to social activities with women who I see in
the hallways all the time, but rarely communicate with. I especially had
a great time getting to know some of the women faculty at CMU. Everyone
is smart and has the capacity to do great research here, but it's sometimes
hard to figure out how BOTH to do good research AND have a 'normal', happy
life. I met a bunch of CMU's women faculty at GH who are innovators in
their field, and who manage to achieve balance outside of their careers.
These are people I can really look to as role models; they embody great
intellect, sensitivity, a great sense of humor, and happiness. Long story
short: GH sensitized me to the fact that there are great resources, great
people, great role models right here, in front of me, at home."
"In general, it was really fabulous to be surrounded by so many
women who are so excited about the work they're doing in computer science.
It was also nice to be able to spend more social time with women (at different
levels -- grad, undergrad, faculty) from CMU, which we don't often get
"I really enjoyed the sense of community and it made me feel like
I fit in as a woman in computer science. Also, some of the panels and
guest speakers talked about topics in computer science that interested
"It was neat to see that other people had faced the same issues
that I did. It was very interesting to hear the women who had been involved
in computer science for YEARS speak about their experiences. All in all,
I came out of Grace Hopper with more confidence in my abilities and capabilities."
"It's the first time I attended Grace Hoper and I was very excited
about it, but the experience exceeded all my expectations. It was very
inspiring and a true eye-opener for what I could do in my professional
as well as my personal life. I enjoyed many of the invited talks, especially
Leah Jamieson's and Fran Berman's. The best part of my GH experience,
though, was talking to other women, mostly to other students, it made
me feel like I was not going through the hard road all by myself. It made
me feel like I was very lucky and could do almost anything I put my effort
and passion onto.
Thank you so much for making it possible!"