We hope to address this problem (and potential shortage) with a variety of programs beyond our scholarship initiatives. Recently, our educational outreach group, University Programs, and Diversity and Talent Inclusion teams joined forces to create the Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI). This special institute included an interactive and collaborative CS curriculum, as well as a living-learning residential experience for student networking. We chose 17 college sophomores, all aspiring computer scientists, to attend the all-expenses-paid CSSI in Mountain View from August 3�15.
Our goals for the institute:
- To enrich the skills of students early in their CS studies (or at risk of leaving the major) in an effort to increase the pipeline into the CS major and boost retention
- To provide a social and professional network for underrepresented (women, Hispanic, African-American, and/or Native-American) technology students
- To empower students, giving them the tools, motivation and confidence to continue with CS studies
- To show students daily life at Google and the amazing applications of CS that occur here
Students worked in teams to build a completely interactive Web 2.0 website, keeping in mind both practical programming skills and the theory behind it.
We plan to keep in touch with these students across their college careers, and to encourage future participants to complete their CS work and join the community of computer scientists.
Posted by Rebecca Selvenis, University Programs Specialist
Link - from The Official Google Blog