Four Saint Mary’s computer science students took advantage of a golden opportunity to rub shoulders with the best and brightest international professionals when they attended the prestigious Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Oct. 2-5 in Minneapolis.

Caption: Katarzyna Plawiak, Saron Yifru, Marta Aleszewicz and Maria Glenski.

The Grace Hopper Celebration, a program of the Anita Borg Institute, is the world’s largest gathering designed to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. The multi-day event included both technical and career sessions as well as a poster session, career fair and awards ceremony.

Attending from Saint Mary’s were Marta Aleszewicz, a junior computer science software and mathematics major from Poland; Katarzyna Plawiak, a sophomore computer science and international business major from Poland; Saron Yifru, a sophomore computer science major from Ethiopia; and Maria Glenski, a senior mathematics major from Pequot Lakes, Minn.

The Grace Hopper Celebration results in collaborative proposals, networking and mentoring for junior women and increased visibility for the contributions of women in computing. Conference presenters are leaders in their respective fields, representing industry, academia and government. Top researchers present their work while special sessions focus on the role of women in today’s technology fields.

Saint Mary’s students received financial assistance to attend the conference. Glenski received a scholarship from the National Science Foundation; Aleszewicz received a scholarship from Amazon; Yifru received a scholarship from Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology; and Plawiak was funded by the SMU Math and Computer Science Department.

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