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UTOUG's Women in Tech Program

Goal: Mentor women in undergraduate CS and MIS programs at local universities with the intention of encouraging women to pursue careers in technology and give them confidence to succeed in these careers. The mission is to facilitate one-on-one partnerships between college students and professionals to achieve a result of more women in tech majors graduating college.

Scholarship Program

In 2015, UTOUG started its Women In Tech Scholarship Program. We are so proud to introduce our recipients; all amazing individuals, all pursuing tech degrees within Utah. 


Erica Stone
Erica is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Information Systems at University of Utah. When she graduates in 2018, Erica would like to be a Solutions Engineer or an InfoSec Officer.

She says that "Databases, especially the ERD and relational data table design process, are kind of my thing." which made her a great fit for our UTOUG WIT Scholarship!

Mary Shultz
Graduating in 2018 in Computer Science from Neumont College for Computer Science, Mary would like to work with medical technology.

She ants to be able to develop software that makes people's lives easier and/or saves their lives altogether. For her, it is about the impact that I can make on society and on the company that I end up working for.

Mary stays busy at Neumont as the President of Neumont's Unified Student Government, planning events such as clothing drives and coding competitions for the campus. 

Rasika Dinesh Lele
Rasika is in the Masters degree program in Information Systems at the University of Utah. She's excited to solve real life business problems and fill the gap between business and technology when she graduates in 2018.

As an Oracle Certified Developer for SQL and PL/SQL, rapid changes or evolution of technology interest her most. Rasika developed a Study Buddy, a computer-based academic record system during her undergraduate studies. It helped them keep track of village students’ progress and education requirements. 


Happy Shandilya

Happy Shandilya grew up in a remote village in India. he is currently enrolled in the Masters in Information Systems program at University of Utah and graduating in 2016.

Happy’s dream is create a startup in the remote village which she grew up in in India is very inspiring. She hopes to inspire girls to think in innovative ways and “come out of the kitchen” to implement their ideas. She loves technology because it’s for everyone and has no boundaries, including the local India village women who can use smartphones to access videos to help others with healthcare and other ways of life.

Happy is proud that she’s reached a position where she has access to the best knowledge and technology. She says that no matter what happens she is all set to inspire those girls in her remote village.

Sarah Patterson

Sarah Patterson attends Utah State University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. After graduating in 2016, Sarah would like to become a database administrator or business intelligence engineer, and possibly move up to CIO some day.

Sarah says it’s extremely satisfying to successfully solve problems and know that it’s helping other people do their jobs at the same time. She loves the problem solving element of technology.

Emily Cookson

Emily Cookson is in the Masters of Information Systems program at BYU, graduating in 2016. Her capstone project is focused on recruiting women into the Information Systems Program, as well as providing resources to them.

She is the co-president of the Association for Information Systems - BYU Chapter. She wishes to work as a Data Scientist upon graduation where she’ll get the opportunity to perform advanced analytics on large data sets, investigate trends and patterns in that data, and challenge myself to understand the why behind the data.

Emily says that she loves the feeling of coding and not knowing where the time has gone!

A study conducted by the American Associate of University Women states that "in the mid-1980s women earned slightly more than one-third (36 percent) of bachelor's degrees in computer science; by 2006 that number had dropped to 20 percent."

It is our belief that UTOUG can work towards changing these statistics in Utah by influencing women in college to pursue computer science or MIS degrees and help them finish the undergraduate program.

Note: The mentoring program is on hold currently as we are re-evaluating a way to make this program more effective.

 57% of girls say that if they went into a STEM career,
they'd have to work harder than a man just to be taken seriously.
From Girl Scouts of the United States

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