The 2022 Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Collegiate Finalists

The 2022 Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Collegiate Finalists

The Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards (MNAiC) program is proud to announce the 2022 collegiate finalists, selected from throughout the state of Minnesota by national and state review teams.

Family, friends, educators, business partners and sponsors will gather to support and celebrate the award recipients remarkable I.T. achievements during a virtual ceremony on April 13th.

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The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women, genderqueer, or non-binary students. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact. Past projects include: software and app development, machine learning, big data, bioinformatics, cybersecurity, space, and more.  To learn more:

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Anjali Donthi

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Anjali Donthi is a freshman at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities pursuing a Business and Computer Science degree. She is the founder of Operation Serenity, a MedTech company focused on helping pediatric surgery patients through an Android app that provides in-app surgery simulations and access to community resources. Anjali was inspired to develop her app while volunteering at a hospital when she noticed pediatric patients who feared their upcoming procedures. When Anjali was younger, her passion for technology grew as she participated in the Rochester area Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) and Technovation, where she first learned how to create apps. Since then, Anjali was recognized as a NCWIT State honoree for Aspirations in Computing and had the opportunity to intern at Optum – United HealthGroup during the summer of 2021. Through her internship, she learned more about Data Science and programming in Python. Anjali enjoys reading, baking, and playing piano in her free time.

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Kate France

University of Minnesota

Kate France holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is currently a first-year pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy. She is the founder of Scientists Making Your Life Easier (SMYLE) LLC, a medtech and mentorship-focused company that produces accessible life-saving medical equipment while also providing opportunities for networking and assistance for underserved students interested in pursuing STEM projects and careers. Kate began this mission after her involvement in science fairs in high school and now works to share the knowledge and support that helped her become the scientist she is today. Kate loves needlework and crocheting, drinking coffee, and hiking along the North Shore of Minnesota. You can find her on social media as @franceinyapants.