In their 101 computer science class last fall, Madeline Bustamante and Grace Handler, both sophomores this year, were surrounded by young men. Again in the spring semester, when they took Data Structures, a second-level computer science course, there were just three other women.
As the two discussed the issue last year, they realized they had fallen into computer science a bit by chance. They decided they wanted to provide more opportunities for women at Bowdoin to discover computer science. “We are trying to pull people into computer science so they can experience how we felt,” Bustamante said.
This fall, they formed the student group Bowdoin Women in Computer Science. So far, more than 30 students have signed up. Read the full story.