Founded in 1947, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's largest scientific and educational computing society. For over 70 years, ACM has helped computing professionals to be their most creative, connect to peers, and look to the future - daring their members to be the best computing professionals they can be.
On September 3, 2019, ACM's Chief Operating Officer, officially chartered the University of Belize (UB) ACM Student Chapter. This historic charter makes the UB ACM Student Chapter the second ACM Chapter in Central America, and a part of the growing network of almost 100,000 members that comprise more than 180 professional chapters, and more than 680 student chapters, worldwide.
The UB ACM Student Chapter provides student members opportunities to play active roles in the association and its activities by organizing technical talks, learning forums, field trips, and programming contests which facilitate communication and collaboration within the university's computer science community and with Belizean computing communities outside the institution. This enhances learning via the exchange of ideas among students, and between students and established professionals.
The UB ACM Student Chapter members can take advantage of ACM activities and services that include the Distinguished Speakers Program, the International Collegiate Programming Contest, the Upsilon Pi Epsilon ACM Student Chapter Scholarship Award, the ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards, and the Student Research Competition. The chapter provides students opportunities to develop and demonstrate the leadership capabilities critical to their career development. It also helps students get involved in the business world with workshops, resume assistance, and career-building initiatives.
Importantly, ACM Student members of the UB ACM Student Chapter are automatic members of the ACM Women's Committee (ACM-W) which through professional chapters, work to increase recruitment and retention of women in computing at the university level through professionals activities and projects that aim to improve the working and learning environments for women in computing.
By joining the UB ACM Student Chapter, the University of Belize's students are demonstrating their profound interest and dedication to the computing discipline. The student members create networking and learning opportunities that advance both organizational and personal development and by extension, the national and technological development of Belize.