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Katherine Zhao

Katherine Zhao

Katherine Zhao is a senior studying Computer Science at Boston University. She is attending PyCon 2012 to engage with the Python community and share her experiences coordinating the Artemis Project.

The Artemis Project is a five-week summer program for 20 high school girls to introduce them to the creative thinking and problem-solving skills that are at the core of computer science. Women are severely underrepresented in CS, and Artemis aims to reverse this trend by cultivating both ability and confidence within young women. As a coordinator at Brown University during summer of 2010, she realized the power of the program to make an impact in the lives of these high school girls. The following year, she helped organize the program at Boston University and formed a team of five coordinators to create the website, design the curriculum, arrange field trips, and schedule guest speakers.

In addition to Artemis, she has also been a volunteer for the Boston Python Workshop, which seeks to increase Python community diversity through programming outreach events.


March 11th 8:30 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.
7. The Artemis Project: Promoting Computer Science to High School Girls