Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Student Awarded UNO Scholarship for Women in Computer Science

University of New Orleans undergraduate student Julie Green is the recipient of the 2014-2015 UNO Scholarship for Women in Computer Science established by Google engineer Sabrina Farmer, a UNO alumna.University of New Orleans undergraduate student Julie Green is the recipient of the 2014-2015 UNO Scholarship for Women in Computer Science established by Google engineer Sabrina Farmer, a UNO alumna.

University of New Orleans undergraduate student Julie Green is the recipient of the 2014-15 UNO Scholarship for Women in Computer Science. Green, a native of Portland, Ore., is a junior majoring in computer science.

The scholarship, worth $6,000, was created in 1996 by UNO alumna and Google engineer Sabrina Farmer. Green will also receive a year's worth of mentoring from Farmer.

"For me, a computer science degree has been a lifelong dream," Green said. "The scholarship helps me immensely because now I can reduce my hours at my job and focus more on school. The scholarship also helps in another way: it has the intrinsic reward of encouragement. That is a powerful motivator to do what Sabrina has done, which is to be a successful computer scientist despite the challenges women face in this field and, likewise, to encourage other women with similar goals along the way."

Farmer is a senior engineering manager for site reliability at Google; she manages the teams responsible for running Gmail, the world's largest Internet email service.

"While I enjoyed studying computer science and realize that I got a lot of satisfaction from the work, I often doubted my place in the field," Farmer said. "I created the scholarship in order to give at least one woman encouragement to keep at it, even if she had doubts, because if you push through, you will likely achieve more than you ever thought you could."

Farmer earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from UNO in 1995. She's worked in Silicon Valley since 1997 and has been an active advocate for women in technology.

The scholarship is open to women who are undergraduate students with a major or minor in computer science.

The scholarship is funded by Farmer with a matching donation from Google.

 

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