Hazel Crow Opportunity Fund for Women in Information and Computer Sciences (WICS)

The Hazel Crow Opportunity Fund supports expenses for WICS members to participate in conferences that focuses on computer sciences. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Nationwide, women earned only 18 percent of the bachelor's degrees awarded in computer science in 2010, according to the National Science Foundation. That's less than half the proportion in 1985, when 37 percent of those degrees went to women” (Oct. 29, 2012). In response to this nationwide issue, The Hazel Crow Opportunity Fund was established to support students seeking to participate in events that inspire, support and connect students and organizations dedicated to the study of computer science. First priority is the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Hazel Crow In the spirit of inspiration, the fund was named in honor of Hazel Crow. Dr. Crow was one of the first women in Australia to graduate with a dentistry degree. Born in the small town of Albury in 1900, her family moved to Sydney after Hazel’s father died. Her outstanding performance at Sydney Girls High School earned her a full scholarship to study dentistry at Sydney University in 1919. Hazel chose the four-year dentistry degree rather than a six-year medical degree so that she could more quickly contribute financially to her family. Hazel graduated with a Degree in Dental Surgery in 1923 — one of only two women in the graduating class, and ten years after the last woman had received that degree. After her graduation, Dr. Crow was one of the founding dentists of the outpatient dental department at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. At the time, it was unacceptable for women to treat male patients, even in dentistry.

Sydney University Bachelor of Dental Surgery Class 1923
Sydney University Bachelor of Dental Surgery Class 1923
Hazel Crow is the woman on the right hand side.



  1. Undergraduate and graduate Women in Information and Computer Sciences members who are enrolled at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.
  2. Full registration payment for undergraduate students; graduate students should receive 50% matching funds from advisors.


  1. Annual endowment proceeds will be directly used for registration or WICS-sponsored expenses.
  2. Include one paragraph explaining career goals and any personal involvement with activities that promote women's advancement in computer science fields.
  3. Graduate students: include financial commitment from advisor.


To support the “Hazel Crow Opportunity Fund,” please go to Giving Site and in “Area of Support” select Information and Computer Sciences. You may then select “Hazel Crow Fund.”