DTech in Seattle expands popular summer program
For years, the tech industry has seen a decline in women and an underrepresentation of diverse populations majoring in computing disciplines.
100% of DTech Scholars continue working in tech after graduation.
But Duke is combating that notion with the Duke Technology Scholars Program (DTech), a program designed to inspire a more diverse group of Duke students to choose careers in computer science and electrical and computer engineering. It offers Duke undergraduates pursuing computing majors the opportunity to come together for mentoring, internships and community. Since launching in 2016, DTech has been a huge success made possible by the support of many donors.
Robin ’87, Ph.D.’92 and Court Lorenzini B.S.E.’87, P’19 wanted to ensure that more students had the chance to participate in the program as well as increase finance and technology opportunities for Duke students in their hometown of Seattle. Their $1.5 million gift to support DTech will establish the popular program there, enrolling more students and funding summer internships.
From year one to year three, DTech grew from 10 to 64 undergraduates. In 2018, DTech had 150 students apply to participate but could enroll only 64 due to funding limits. Given the growing student demand and company interest, the number of applications is expected to continue its rise. The creation of a DTech cohort in Seattle increases programming and internship opportunities for students who have demonstrated a passion for technology.