CEWiT Presents Katie Siek Outstanding Faculty Mentor-Advocate Award

By Ellen Glover

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Katie Siek, an Associate Professor at IU’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering and the Director of Informatics Undergraduate Studies, was recently given the Outstanding Faculty Mentor-Advocate award at CEWiT’s Fifth Annual Summit. This prize is given to Indiana University faculty who display noteworthy mentorship and are nominated by their mentees or peers.

Katie's was nominated by Assistant Professor of Informatics Norman Su, who wrote, “Katie is a tireless activist for women in STEM. I have known her since I started here in Winter 2014 as a faculty in Informatics. Katie has led a number of REU initiatives to involve undergraduate women in research. She also has been an advocate for women faculty and the hiring of more women faculty. She has also led the Fall Research Symposium which is a school wide event (now held at the IMU) featuring research projects from both undergrads and graduate students. She regularly accompanies undergrads and grad students to the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC). I know she has personally recruited students who have little research experience or even travel experience. She has inspired many undergraduate women to apply to IU and other schools' PhD programs. All the faculty here look up to Katie as an exemplar of service to students and women in STEM.”

Siek obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Indiana University in 2006, and she joined the Informatics faculty in 2013. She also works as an Associate Professor of University Studies at Depauw University in Greencastle.

Her primary research interests are in human computer interaction, health informatics, and ubiquitous computing. More specifically, Siek is interested in how sociotechnical interventions affect personal health and well-being. Her research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Science Foundation including a five-year NSF CAREER award. In addition to winning this award, Siek has also received the Borg Early Career Award, an annual award given by CRA-W to a woman in the early stages in her career who has made significant research contributions and an Engineering New Professor Award at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she used to work. She was also named Women In Computing at IU’s Woman of the year in 2006.