The National Center for Women & Information Technology Announces the 2023 Harrold, Notkin, & Cohoon Award Recipients

Dr. Patricia Morreale (L) and Dr. Mary Lou Maher (R)

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has named Dr. Mary Lou Maher the recipient of the 2023 Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award. NCWIT has also named Dr. Patricia Morreale the recipient of the 2023 NCWIT Joanne McGrath Cohoon Service Award.

The Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award is sponsored by the NCWIT Board of Directors and recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves through outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring, as well as those who recruit, encourage, and promote women and minorities in computing. It is given in memory of Mary Jean Harrold and David Notkin to honor their outstanding research, graduate mentoring, and diversity contributions.

Dr. Mary Lou Maher joined UNC Charlotte to Chair the Department of Software and Information Systems and lead the Center for Education Innovation and the Human Centered Computing Lab. As Department Chair, she mentored faculty to increase research participation, external funding, and innovation in teaching. Dr. Maher has a long history of mentoring diverse students. She's also encouraged the department to integrate DEI modules into first- and second-year courses. 

The Joanne McGrath Cohoon Service Award is sponsored by AT&T and honors distinguished educators and staff who have effectively challenged and changed the systems that shape the experiences of women undergraduates in postsecondary computing programs. Award recipients demonstrate exceptional commitment to, and success in, creating long-lasting systemic change that improves the environment for all students who identify as women. The award is given in memory of Dr. Cohoon's outstanding research and advocacy work to broaden and enrich women's participation in computing.

During Dr. Patricia Morreale's time as a professor of computer science at Kean University, where she is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Technology, she has worked tirelessly to create systemic change to broaden participation in computer science, focusing on both faculty development and undergraduate research engagement. Her efforts have had a significant impact on increasing the inclusion of students from historically excluded groups. 

"We're excited to recognize Dr. Maher and Dr. Morreale for their dedication to making higher ed computing programs more equitable," said NCWIT Executive Director Terry Hogan. "Their hard work and change leadership efforts are an invaluable asset to the NCWIT community."

About NCWIT:

NCWIT is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit chartered in 2004 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that convenes, equips, and unites more than 1,600 change leader organizations nationwide to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women — at the intersections of race/ethnicity, class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other historically marginalized identities — in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. (

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Source: The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

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