How To Get Involved

The 5th biennial Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing (MICWIC 2015) conference will bring together students, faculty, and technology leaders from across Michigan and neighboring states to discuss the role of women in today's computing and technology fields, share experiences and strategies for success, and explore issues common to women working in these fields. It will be held March 20-21, 2015 at Weber's Hotel and University of Michigan's Duderstadt Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We welcome you to take part in the conference in any number of the following ways:


You should attend if you are interested in learning about the challenges and rewards of computing careers or in advancing technology through broader representation of women. We encourage undergraduate and graduate students with interests in computing and information technology to attend and also to submit work in the appropriate categories below. We invite faculty and technology leaders to come meet and mentor the next generation of computing professionals.


MICWIC 2015 invites contributions in the following categories:


Students attending the conference and who are interested in exploring internships and job opportunities are encouraged to participate in the MICWIC Career Fair. Upload your resume to Easy Chair and participating companies will get access to your qualifications and pursue scheduling a one-on-one interview time or a meet-up. Upload materials by March 19 to participate.

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Submissions Details

The deadline for all submissions is March 1, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be made shortly after the final submission deadline. While we plan and hope to accept all participants interested in joining the conference, acceptance notification may not be made by the early registration deadline. of March 4. We encourage you to ensure your registration and lodging to be apart of the conference. All submissions should be via Easy Chair. Brief account information is needed. Papers must be submitted in PDF format; PDF files should be created using this Word template. All other submissions (i.e., talks, poster abstracts) should be submitted in plain text.

Faculty and Professional Women

Women from academia and business are invited to share their experiences by participating as a panelist or engaging in informal discussions with students throughout the conference. Interested volunteers should submit a brief bio and a synopsis of the topic(s) you would like to share via Easy Chair.


MICWIC invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit research papers and posters for presentation, and invites everyone to submit topics for panel presentations, small group discussions (known as Birds of a Feather, or BoF, sessions) and short Lightning talks. We encourage joint participation and collaboration, and submissions may have multiple authors.


Scholarships to attend the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will be awarded to top students submissions in the Poster and Talk categories.



Paper Submission Template

MICWIC welcomes papers from students on any topic in computer science or information technology, including social and ethical issues. Submissions will be lightly reviewed for content and suitability only. Our goal is to mentor young researchers and to help students gain confidence in the publication process. Selected papers will be presented at the conference. Papers should be from 2 to 6 pages in length including text, figures, and references. See above for submission details.


Students are encouraged to submit posters on research, class projects, and work-in-progress for a poster reception on March 20, 2015. The poster reception gives students the opportunity to discuss their work with conference attendees in an informal setting. Submit a poster abstract of no more than one page summarizing the key idea of your poster. Poster abstracts will be lightly reviewed for suitability only. Our goal is to help students gain confidence in discussing their work. Posters should be no larger than 36"x48". Posters must be mounted on cardboard or a similar hard backing. See above for submission details.

Prospective poster presenters may wish to see the ACM Crossroads and "How To Write a Research Poster" for guidance on creating posters or our list of topic ideas.

Birds of a Feather

These sessions are informal group discussions about technical or social issues in computing fields. Topic proposals may include anything related to computing, academia, industry, student organizations, or a topic of your choice.

Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are 5-minute presentations on any subject. Submit a brief proposal describing what subject your talk will cover. Need inspiration? Check out Lightning talks: Philosophy, mechanics and ideas