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Upcoming Events at SIS


iFest & TEC

The iSchool at Pitt is proud to present iFest 2017. iFest is a week-long series of events designed to engage students, faculty, employers, and the Pittsburgh community in the information sciences. The week will include the annual iSchool Career & Internship Expo, the Career Mentoring event, Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, and the Student Project Showcase.

iFest will culminate on Friday, February 10 with the all-day TEC Conference, which will showcase exciting speakers from across the country. TEC presentations will focus on broad and interdisciplinary areas of technology, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

Learn more about the events of iFest below:

Career Mentoring Sessions
Join us on Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7 from 5-7 p.m. for our Career Mentoring sessions. You will be paired with alumni who will help you hone your interview skills and perfect your résumé to better prepare you for future job searches.

The International Student Advantage

Join Marcelo Barros, author of The International Advantage: Get Noticed Get Hired!, on Wednesday, February 8 from 10 a.m. to noon for an exclusive job search workshop for the international students at the School of Informational Sciences. A former international student himself, Barros is a highly experienced career coach for international students. He provides students with data, insights, and various unconventional approaches to job searches that can help them find careers in the U.S.

Career & Internship Expo
Looking for an internship or full time position? Join us on Wednesday, February 8 from 1-5 p.m. as we host employers who are eager to interact with SIS students and discuss internships and full-time positions. This is a great opportunity to practice your networking skills and make a good impression on employers. Companies from both technical and non-technical industries will be present.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
Join us on Thursday, February 9 at 5 p.m. for our second annual 3MT competition. The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD students and candidates to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages them to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community.

This year’s TEC Conference takes place on Friday, February 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are excited to have seven presentations on topics ranging from sports analytics and game design to entrepreneurship and connectivity. This year’s speakers come from organizations such as Facebook, Rutgers University, IBM and more.

CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap documentary

SIS is proud to host a screening of the highly touted documentary, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. The event will include a presentation by the film’s director/producer, Robin Hauser Reynolds, and will take place on March 2, 2017 at the Twentieth Century Club (adjacent to Pitt’s campus). The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

It is estimated that by 2020, there will be 1 million unfilled software engineering jobs in this country.  The CODE documentary explores the reasons why more females and people from underrepresented groups are not seeking tech opportunities. Hauser, through interviews with Silicon Valley leaders, discovered the systemic, pervasive, and complex barriers to entry into tech fields faced by women and people of color. She notes “Mindsets, stereotypes, clogs in the educational pipeline, startup culture, lack of role models and sexism all play important roles in this mounting gender, ethnicity and economic issue.” The documentary offers inspiring stories of women who are challenging the cultural and educational obstacles, as well as women’s self-perceptions, which led to this economic and societal crisis. For more information about CODE, visit the film’s website.

SIS is pleased to provide a platform for discussing how we can make the computing and information professions more welcoming and accessible to women and those from underrepresented groups. Our academic and professional fields demand this diversity in order to produce innovative solutions to real-world problems.

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