Newcomb Institute's Technology Showcase 2019-2020

Newcomb Institute's Technology Initiatives promote feminist leadership in technology-centered communities through student programming and digital scholarship. Each year, students sponsored by Newcomb Institute attend Grace Hopper Celebration and work on technology projects as Digital Research Interns, Information Technology Interns, and Gender and STEM grantees. At the end of the academic year, these students host the Technology Showcase at Newcomb Institute, where they show-off their projects and newly acquired tech skills. This site represents the work they would have presented in person at the Technology Showcase.

"I genuinely don't believe I would feel as included and comfortable in the tech community without the programs from Newcomb Tech Initiatives. They've given me confidence in my abilities to work on teams and be a leader among my peers too. I really cannot overstate the value these programs have given me during my undergraduate time here at Tulane!" - Rosalind Kidwell


"I am incredibly grateful for the Newcomb Tech programs. They are the reason why I have found a job post-grad that allows me to do what I enjoy and what I am good at. These programs have given me the opportunity to lead in a way I never would have imagined for myself and they have given me access to innumerable resources/jobs/professionals/etc." - Addie Jasica, Senior
Read Addie Jasica's ('20) article, "Our Program and its Impact" at the Newcomb: Tech in Mind zine.

Piper Stevens talks about working on Dr. Liz McMahon's "African Letters Project."

Piper also wrote a special interest piece, titled "Neri Oxman: What Happens When We Design for Design's Sake."

Gabriela Taras ('20) discusses the team's work on Dr. Kate Adams and Dr. Susan Tucker's "This Beautiful Sisterhood of Books" project.

Garbiela Taras also examined the formation of "Smart Cities."

Lindsay Hardy explains Dr. Geoff Dancy's "Transitional Justice" project.

Lindsay Hardy also analyzed "Tech Exec Positions Held By Women."

Addie Jasica ('20), Rosalind Kidwell ('20), Gabriela Taras ('20), Emily O'Connell, and Lindsay Hardy pitch their app, titled "Tulane Trending" as part of Dr. Jaelle Scheuerman's "AI for Social Good" project.

Rena Repenning discusses the team's work on Prof. Toni Weiss' "Microeconomic Graphs" project.

Rena Repenning explored the works of Alan Turing in "Computing Nature."

Emily O'Connell talks about the team's work on Kelsey Williams and Sally Kenney's "NCRF Sexual & Reproductive Health Digital Resources" project

Emily O'Connell also examined "The Digital Divides" that occur across the United States.

Rosalind Kidwell ('20) explains the team's work on Dr. Mirya Holman's "Voter Turnout in New Orleans" project.

Rosalind Kidwell ('20) also analyzed how algorithms entrench gender norms in "Built-In Bias."
Do you have an idea for a digital scholarship project? Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students and Community members can apply to have the Digital Research Interns bring their digital scholarship projects to life!


Sophie Tanen talks about her project, "Women and Men in Computing."

At Newcomb Institute, Sophie Tanen also managed the daily maintenance of the event space computers and student worker spaces and organized digital archival materials.

Sarah Fox reviews Safiya Umoja Noble's "Algorithms of Oppression."

Sarah Fox designed the Technology Showcase and supported in the development of the Help Desk system, an IT Manual, and content on the Sophie Lab website.

Anne Grotjan ('20) discusses her project, "Does Gender Matter in Memes?".

Anne Grotjan also curated the Newcomb: Tech in Mind Prequel Zine that included projects from 2011-2018 and created the graphics on the Sophie Lab site.

Danielle Walder presents her project "Jewish Women in Technology."

This year, Danielle Walder helped to manage Newcomb's computer inventory and student worker lab, worked with other interns on developing an IT manual, and curated the Newcomb Student Worker Map and content for the Sophie Lab website.

Rachel Tabor talks about her project, "Our Belated Thanks, Hedy Lamarr."

Rachel Tabor developed a help-desk system for the Common's event spaces and built the infrastructure for the new Sophie Lab website.


Each year, Newcomb Institute provides grants for undergraduates to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration. Funding includes airfare, registration, and housing. This annual conference is the largest meeting of women in technology in the world, and offers students the opportunity to hear from some of the most prominent women in the field. The undergraduates who attend have an active interest in promoting gender equity in technology and seek a job or internship in the technology industry.

"I highly recommend that any [student] interested in technology attend the Grace Hopper Celebration. It was a transformative week both personally and professionally. The network and internship opportunities that arose from attending were incredible." - Riley Juenemann, Junior

Megan Calvin, Addie Jasica, and Gabriela Taras discuss their experiences at #19GHC.

GHC attendees also created other resources for future attendees.
Newcomb Grace Hopper Attendees networking at the Job Fair and Corporate Events.


Keira Rosner ('20) used her HASTAC grant to produce a documentary feature about the representation of female characters in student films at Tulane, specifically emphasizing what percentage of them pass the Bechdel Test. The process included applying for this grant, a research phase, arranging interviews with students and faculty at Tulane, filming and conducting the interviews, editing together the footage, and receiving permission from students to incorporate archival footage from their capstone projects. Keira received her HASTAC Scholar distinction during the end of the Fall 2018 semester and is ecstatic for Film, Feminism, & Freret to appear this summer.

Becoming a HASTAC Scholar was one of the highlights of my time at Tulane because it provided me with the resources to make my independent project a reality. In proposing an original idea for a documentary project about the Bechdel Test at it applies to student films at Tulane, I had no idea the journey that I would be taken on or the lessons I would learn. Creating Film, Feminism, & Freret allowed me to not only learn about the experiences of many of my female peers and mentors in the film industry, but also to take on the challenge of producing my first full-length nonfiction piece, which is a huge step towards my long-term goal of becoming a documentary filmmaker. There were many mistakes along the way, but now I know that those aren't mistakes I will make again going forward into the world beyond academia. Next time I take on a project, I can make new, more advanced mistakes! Receiving a grant from NI allowed me to finance higher-quality equipment, hire a Tulane graduate to edit the sound, and cover a plethora of smaller miscellaneous expenses, so I would not have been able to have this incredible experience without it.

A Film Screening with Keira Rosner.

Click on the video to watch Rosner's documentary, Film, Feminism, & Freret.

Get Involved!

Join a Newcomb STEM Student Group.
Learn more about issues related to Gender and STEM at the new Sophie Lab.
Visit Newcomb Institute's Technology Initiatives webpage for more information on our STEM and Digital Humanities programs and applications.
Submit a Proposal to have your digital scholarship project sponsored by Newcomb Institute's Digital Research Internship Program.
Contact Dr. Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Administrative Assistant Professor of Technology and Women's History.
The Technology Showcase was designed by Sarah Fox, Information Technology Intern and Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Ph.D.