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Lydia Chilton, Kristi Morton named Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholars

Lydia Chilton

Kristi Morton

Each year, roughly 30 top women enrolled in computer science graduate programs in the US are named Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholars.  Among the 2010 Anita Borg recipients are UW CSE’s Lydia Chilton and Kristi Morton.

Anita Borg, who received her Ph.D. from Courant, was a research engineer for Nixdorf, DEC WRL, and Xerox PARC, and also was a hugely effective advocate for the inclusion of women in technology fields (she launched the Systers online community, co-founded the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and established the Institute for Women and Technology, among many other accomplishments; she was a mentor to hundreds and an inspiration to thousands).  Anita died of cancer in 2003.

Kristi is a UW CSE Ph.D. student working with Magda Balazinska and Dan Grossman on databases and programming languages.  She’s an alumna of Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin, and a former employee of Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor in Austin, Texas.   She’s the drummer in the CSE band on those rare occasions when it’s allowed to play.

Lydia is a UW CSE Ph.D. student working with James Fogarty and James Landay on human computer interaction.  She’s an alumna of MIT and a Trekkie.

UW CSE graduate student Juliet Bernstein and UW CSE undergraduate student Sanjana Prasain were named Finalists and also received scholarship awards.

Congratulations Lydia, Kristi, Juliet, and Sanjana!!