Course Overview

It Girls gives high school students the courage and tenacity they need to solve real problems. Students participating in the It Girls Summer College – Online course will take part in a variety of workshops introducing them to topics centered around careers that leverage information, data, and technology, including but not limited to:

  • Web Design
  • Project Management
  • Human Centered Design
  • Social Media
  • Information Security
  • Data Science/Analytics

Through lectures, hands-on activities, and the building of a professional portfolio, participants will become empowered and informed about leveraging and utilizing technology to problem solve in any subject area.

“The It Girls Retreat was life changing for me.” Read how two It Girls participants forged a deep friendship that lead them to become freshman roommates at Syracuse University’s iSchool.

An essential piece of the course involves creating meaningful connections between participants, professionals, companies, and alumni who are committed to supporting underrepresented identities in the IT industry. Class activities will include a combination of collaborative team-based work and individual projects. Students leave the experience energized, driven, curious about information technology, and inspired to seek future opportunities in STEM.

Since I’m the only girl in my computer science class, it was great just meeting other girls who are interested in the field. It makes me feel less alone in STEM.”

-Former It Girls participant


Course Objectives

  • Become empowered and informed about leveraging and utilizing technology to solve real world problems
  • Join a network of high school students interested in information, data and technology
  • Learn how to be a problem-solver, critical thinker, and leader

While the mission of It Girls is to empower, motivate, educate, and change the perception of girls and women in information technology, It Girls is open to everyone, regardless of their sex, gender, or gender identity.

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 067

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2021 high school graduate. For best consideration students should have a high interest in data, information, technology, collaboration and problem-solving. The It Girls course is open to high school students of any sex, gender, or gender identity.

Essay Requirement: Students are required to submit one additional essay prompt in their Slideroom application. The essay prompt will appear once the student selects the It Girls course to apply to. Please answer in at least 250 words: What problem would you like to see solved using technology, data or information and why?*

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail

Cost: $2,500
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.

It Girls Scholarship

There are two scholarship opportunities for students who are accepted into the It Girls course:

  • A full course scholarship of $2,500
  • Partial tuition scholarship up to $1,250

These scholarships are sponsored by the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) and their industry partners and the Office of Pre-College Programs.

To apply for an exclusive It Girls scholarship, follow these instructions:

  • When applying, select “It Girls” as your course choice
  • Complete the additional required essay prompt: “Please answer in at least 250 words: What problem would you like to see solved using technology, data or information and why?*”
  • Select ‘Yes’ that you would like to be considered for an It Girls Scholarship in the Scholarship and Discounts section of the application

Students who are chosen for either of the scholarships will see the amount reflected in their payment portal.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College Online3-Week Session I:  July 19 – August 6, 2021MTWThF;

Some afternoon and evening sessions will be required

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A functional space for learning, collaborating and fully participating in the virtual learning experience

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies. A supply and textbook listing will be sent to students before the start of the course.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students should reserve 1:00 – 2:30pm Monday – Friday for coursework and live sessions. Coursework may include readings, videos, projects and other assignments. Each live session will begin with a review of previous topics followed by discussion about new topics based on the syllabus. From 2:30-3:30pm, students will often be required to attend an afternoon live session. The instructor will notify students in the event there is not an additional live session that day.

Homework Assignments

Based on concepts discussed in the course, you will be given the opportunity to practice what you have learned by applying concepts in a series of practical challenges.

When class is over and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Campus Experience page for more information!

Virtual End Event

On the final day of class, students will present their final projects, which will be conducted in the virtual classroom. Family members are invited to attend.

Faculty Bios

Deborah Nosky

Deborah Nosky is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Information Studies. Deborah brings an array of skills and experience to the classroom. Her experience in the fields of IT, education, and non-profit organizations combined with her knowledge of technology, facilitation, project/time management and presentation delivery makes her an expert in all things iSchool.

Deb’s undergraduate teaching focuses on the important balance of “soft” and technical skills students need to not only survive but to thrive in today’s world. Her interest in this topic comes from more than 35 years of experience as an IT professional. In addition to teaching at several universities her active consulting practice allows her to use her IT experience to help non-profit organizations deploy and make effective use of information and technology.

Deborah has a B.S. degree from Oswego State University in computer science with a minor in mathematics. Her graduate degree was earned at Syracuse University in the field of Adult Education. She served as the IT & Race Director for Susan G. Komen of CNY Race for the Cure for 10 years.

Laurie Ferger

Laurie Ferger is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Information Studies.

At age 12, Laurie encountered the Commodore 64 (which had approximately 1 millionth of the RAM of a modern computer). Back then magazines published code that you could type to create simple video games. Understanding these games ignited a passion that was the beginning of her career in programming.

In college she majored in mathematics, and took programming classes including Logo, Basic, C and Pascal. She was often the only female member of the class.

Her first job was teaching computer skills to K-12 students at Hamilton Central Schools. She left Hamilton to write software for fashion designers and learned how to weave and create patterns based on mathematics. Her work for the advertising agency Mark Russell and Associates expanded her skills to web programming for large firms like ADT.

After programming for the web became her focus, she started her own business and has been running it for 20 years. She has completed over 200 websites with backend programming in content management systems, e-commerce and database driven applications. She also shares her knowledge as a professor at the Syracuse University iSchool teaching SQL database, python programming and web development.

When Laurie is not at work you can find her singing with the Syracuse Opera or riding her bike.

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