Aisha Mushtaq, a Computer Science major from the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE) batch of 2014 recently won the prestigious Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. As part of the scholarship, she received a financial award as well as an invitation for an all-expense paid Scholars’ Retreat held on September 11 to 14, 2013 at the Google Sydney Office in Australia.
The Anita Borg scholarship is an initiative by Google to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. It is named after Dr. Anita Borg, who devoted her adult life revolutionising the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women from entering computing and technology fields.
Talking about her experience at the Google Sydney Office in Sydney, Australia, she said, “The Google Anita Borg Scholarship Retreat was one of the most enriching experiences for me in terms of broadening my outlook about technology, women and the power of ideas. When I was selected for the Anita Borg Scholarship and found out that I’d go to Sydney for the award ceremony, I didn’t know what to expect. After spending four days of meeting new people and experiencing new things, I can safely say I’ve grown in my outlook towards my field. Google and this scholarship have taught me that everyone has the capacity to change the world; all we need is a great idea and the audacity to follow it through. I’ve become more passionate about both Computer Science and its impact on society and I’m proud of being a woman in Computer Science and having represented LUMS at the Anita Borg Scholarship Ceremony.”