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SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students

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Cornell Associate Professor Hakim Weatherspoon at the SoNIC workshop

Associate Professor of Computer Science Hakim Weatherspoon (left) helps students at the SoNIC summer workshop.

Credit: Jason Koski / Cornell University

Cornell University's Software Defined Network Interface (SoNIC) workshop, now in its ninth year, has exposed hundreds of minority students from across the U.S. to computer science, and to the prerequisites and rewards of advanced degrees. The program has boosted the number of underrepresented students in Ph.D. programs nationwide, and raised Cornell's profile as an institution where minority students can find a welcoming community.

SoNIC students conducted cloud computing research this year with a faculty mentor, and heard faculty members talk about their own work.

Cornell also is partnering in the Diversifying Future Leadership in the Professoriate Alliance, an initiative funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, to diversify tenure-track faculty at top U.S. schools.

From Cornell Chronicle
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