New Trier senior wins Aspirations Award for female students active in computing and technology

Faith Chen

New Trier senior Faith Chen won the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations Award this month, which honors female high school students who hope to pursue their interests in computing and technology.

NCWIT is an organization devoted to expanding opportunities for young women around the country to become leaders in whatever field of study they enter after high school, with a specific focus on applying technology to find innovative solutions to real-world problems. The Aspirations Award is open to all female students in grades 9 through 12, regardless of their background with technology and/or computer science, and requires applicants to share their aspirations for pursuing the innovative integration of technology into their future studies and eventual careers.

Chen attended the NCWIT Northern Illinois Affiliate awards ceremony on May 5, but winning the award extends beyond the ceremony, said AP Computer Science teacher Julie Bar, who wrote Chen's letter of support for her application.

"NCWIT supports their award recipients throughout their path from high school to the industry they choose to pursue," Bar said. "Many award winners have received scholarships, internships and mentorships with women in the industry. In addition to these potential opportunities, Faith is also now a part of a support network for women in computing and technology, which can be powerful no matter what career path she chooses."

Chen aspires to integrate technology into her future studies by applying her knowledge of computer science to her genetics and genomic science studies at Cornell University as a Dean's Scholar in the fall.

For more information about NCWIT and the Aspirations Award, visit https://www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school .