SIAM CSE21 BE Fundraiser

According to the National Science Foundation, the percentage of undergraduate women in computer science from 2004-2014 fell 7% and in math there was a 3.1% decline. The data is also grim for racial/ethnic minorities: there was a decline in the number American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, and Black/African Americans. A growing need and dropping enrollment does not make for good picture for the future workforce. These statistics show an unfortunate inattention for diversity and inclusion and also point to why the Broader Engagement (BE) Program is so important.

The BE Program was created as a method to engage populations of people consistently underrepresented in computational science and engineering. BE also strives to change the community’s perspective of who belongs in STEM. SHI is excited to be preparing for the fourth biennial BE program at SIAM CSE21!

Not only that, the BE program engages the broader community by providing opportunities for scientists to:

  • volunteer as a guide, mentor, or committee member
  • learn how to create a more diverse and inclusive society
  • become an advocate

BE alumni participants share incredible stories of life-altering experiences.

Please make a tax-deductible donation to the SIAM CSE21 BE fundraising campaign.

Organizations and individuals can fund student student travel, Guided Affinity Breakfasts, and/or networking events.  To learn more, click here.

Change a life and donate today!


  1. Jorge Munoz

  2. Julianne Chung

  3. Junchao Zhang

  4. Robert Krasny

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Top Left: BE Mini-symposium presenters on computational drug design, Top Right: BE Organizing Committee members, Bottom Left: BE Participants @CSE19, Bottom Right: STEAM (STEM+Art) workshop participants designing game

BE Alumni Testimonials

Minsoo Thigpen:
“In school, I’ve thought myself as the painter who happened to also do math and never the other way around. . . The BE program wasn’t just a community and a scientific family I became a part of, it helped me to really understand things I didn’t even know I wanted before. It’s helped to define a lot of my goals. . .” Read More Here!
Vicky Fondjo:
This experience was transformative–both professionally and personally. I went home empowered. Not only did the experience provide me with an opportunity to make a change/make a difference in the lives of students, but it also provided me the opportunity to grow and learn about myself as a research faculty and as a person.” Read More Here
Javier Rojas:
Participating in the program was an experience unlike any other. I believe the program was very engaging and intuitive.” Read More Here!
Aishat Motolani:
“The BE program flipped the script- it wasn’t just a typical conference. Instead, we had fun while learning and we learned while having fun.” Read More Here!
Lukas WinklerPrins:
“I see attending SIAM CSE through BE as a turning point for me . . . I’m now invested in going back into mathematics and engineering. The BE Program was a huge part of that decision.” Read More Here!
“It was encouraging and inspiring to see students’ enthusiasm for their work, and great to talk with my mentee about her path to pursue interdisciplinary education and research!” Read More Here!