Monthly Archives: October 2022

Graduate Student Spotlight: Informatics Ph.D. Student Lucas Silva Works to Increase Diversity in STEM

October 20, 2022

Pew Research Center’s 2021 report on diversity in STEM fields found that Black and Hispanic adults are underrepresented in the STEM workforce — including computing fields — and women are underrepresented in computing and engineering fields. At UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), third-year informatics Ph.D. student Lucas Silva is working to increase minority representation and achievements in STEM as the department’s diversity ambassador.

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Software Engineering Ph.D. Student Jessy Ayala Receives Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship

October 18, 2022

Jessy Ayala headshot

Jessy Ayala, a software engineering Ph.D. student in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), has been awarded the Eugene Cota-Robles (ECR) fellowship, the most prestigious diversity fellowship offered at UC Irvine. This award, named in honor of one of the earliest Mexican-American professors in the University of California System, puts students interested in careers in academic teaching and research on a fast-track toward completing their doctoral degree.

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Stacy Branham Breaks Down Barriers with “Hello World! I Have a Disability” Keynote

October 6, 2022

Belting out a few lines from the classic Singin’ in the Rain showtune “Good Morning,” Stacy Branham made it clear to her Tapia 2022 audience that her presentation, “Hello World! I Have a Disability.,” would not be your typical research talk. But Tapia — as the premier venue to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity in computing — isn’t your typical research conference.

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