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 Meet CompuPower Founder

Dr. Kimberly Scott

Kimberly A. Scott is an award-winning researcher, professor, international speaker and the founding executive director of the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST) at Arizona State University, a leading research institution and the No. 1 most innovative university in the U.S. 

In 2012 she founded CompuPower, one of the world's longest-running studies and STEM programs for girls of color. 

Dr. Scott was named the White House Champion of Change for STEM Access in 2014, and since then, she has received several awards for her work, including

  • Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award from the American Educational Research Association in 2022.
  • A.R.C. Network Virtual Visiting Scholar, by the Association for Women in Science in 2020-2021.
  • Phoenix Herstory Honoree by The Phoenix Arts & Culture and Women's Commissions in 2020.
  • Fulbright Specialist by World Learning Fulbright Program in 2019-2022.

She is the leading thought leader on underrepresented girls in STEM and an advocate for enhancing educational opportunities for women and girls of color — having written and won over $12 million in grant funding to support programs and research.

Dr. Scott serves on the boards of directors of Girls Who Code. She received a B.A. from Smith College, an M.S.A. from Long Island University and an Ed.D. from Rutgers University. She has published three books, including her latest, COMPUGIRLS: How Girls of Color Find and Define Themselves in the Digital Age, released on October 12, 2021.