The dedicated educator was nominated for the Athena Award for her service and hard work.

Computer Science Lecturer Lisa Dion has been inspiring the entire CEMS community through her work for years, and has been recognized by the Central Vermont Chamber as a finalist for the Senior Leadership ATHENA Award.

Lisa earned a master’s degree in computer science and served as a graduate student lecturer at the University of Michigan before joining the University of Vermont. Her areas of expertise include C++, Python, Java and Git. She participated in research at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and at General Dynamics Electric Boat. She also serves as an instructor for Girls Who Code.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an organization on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks likes and does. It engages with female-idenitfying students and:

  • Offers learning opportunities for students and aliumni to deepen their computer science skills as well as their confidence
  • Create clear pathways for Girls Who Codealumni from middle and high school into the computing workforce
  • Build a supportive sisterhood of peers and role models who help students and alumni persist and succeed


There are a number of exciting developments in UVM's Girls Who Code chapter in 2020. One of the students, Nisha Shah, will go to the NASA Space Grant's 30th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C. in February to represent the club.

Girls Who Code received funding from the Vermont Space Grant Consortium that allowed the club to purchase Arduino kits for participants.

The club also will host the Girl Scouts during Engineering Week as part of the Aiken Scout Day of February 15 and will help the Girl Scouts earn Technology Badges.

Girl Who Code will start up again on January 25, and this spring will be doing Arduino robotics.


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