BFOIT - Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Computer Science

Upcoming Events:

  • High School Students:
    June 29th - July 24th, 2015 this program replaces the previously scheduled August 3rd-14th high school program.

    BFOIT has partnered with the University of California Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn more about security and privacy in computing in a new 4-week summer program called CY-BEAR which is scheduled to take place June 29th-July 24th, 2015. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.   (Application Here)

    Stanford University will host a free two-week summer program focused on Artificial Intelligence for rising 10th grade girls. Visit for more information or join the google group at

  • Middle School Students:
    BFOIT will NOT host the summer institute program for middle school students in 2015. However, please watch this site for information about other programs under development.


BFOIT Programs

BFOIT seeks to eliminate the barriers that have traditionally kept women and underrepresented minorities from entering computer science and engineering fields. We are committed to constructing a pipeline - a clear, articulated path, from middle school through career, that will provide resources and options to students, with BFOIT serving as a stable advocate the whole way.

We support a variety of programs that work in unison to create a pipeline that identifies, recruits and retains promising students interested in exploring future careers in computing. Programs supported to date have included internships, scholarships, networking opportunities, mentoring, and behind-the-scenes advocacy.

In addition to providing opportunities for students, BFOIT has helped to establish a consortium of Bay Area education institutions that offer instruction in computing and information technology. The consortium supports communication and articulation among the programs, and allows students to perceive a more seamless array of educational paths.