Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are the most in demand careers of the future, with a projection that by the year 2021 there will be more than one million jobs in computer science/programming than computer science students. The statistics show that computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at two times the national average. That is why the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh is part of a multi-faceted effort to attract more students to the field of computer science and to help engage more under-represented groups in the field.

Pitt Computer Science has been developing various outreach programs over the last decade. These outreach programs range from middle school and high school programs such as our Technology Leadership Initiative (TLI), to programs targeting women and under-represented students like She Innovates (all-women’s hackathon) and WiCStart (camp for undeclared female freshmen students). Our programs aim to engage students across disciplines and grade levels to instill a passion for computer science and to create safe environments to promote learning and computer science education.

Through the establishment of unique partnerships between university students, K-12 educators and students, and the local and global computer science community, the CS Department has developed and implemented a number of educational programs and events that have reached thousands of students, educators, and university members.

Diversity Initiatives

Diversity Initiatives

The Department of Computer Science is committed to increasing diversity in computing-related fields. Inclusion efforts to expand CS-related opportunities for women and minorities are essential for both the creative health of the field and the economic prospects of the nation. We aspire to raise awareness, disseminate knowledge, and engage others in support of diversity in computer science ...
K - 12 Outreach

K – 12 Outreach

The Department of Computer Science values impactful K- 12 outreach programs as a means to incite a passion for computer science in younger generations who may have no prior experience and introduce the University of Pittsburgh as a valuable institution where students have many opportunities to succeed ...
Alumni Relations

Alumni Relations

The Computer Science Department strives to connect our current students and faculty to alumni both near and far. We are proud of our alumni's accomplishments in industry and academia. We encourage our alumni to join us as we build a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment to support innovation and discovery ...
Scholarships

Scholarships

The Computer Science Department offers a scholarship to the National Center for Women and Information Technology Aspirations in Computing Award winners each year. Aspirations awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education ...

For Questions Regarding Outreach Contact:

Mackenzie Ball | Outreach Coordinator | outreach@cs.pitt.edu