We like to have girls in science and engineering. Here at UTEP, we make an effort to encourage women to pursue these degrees. The engineering department hosts a SWE (Society of Women Engineers), and the ACM adds its drop of water to the ocean by helping organize the NCWIT awards. Here is what people around the world are doing and how its helping!
Calgary Herald (Canada) (03/26/11)
The Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST) program has helped encourage young Canadian women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). University of Calgary professor and WISEST member Laleh Behjat believes that diversity is important in STEM fields because it leads to more innovation. In 2009, Behjat received an Imperial Oil STEM grant to find ways to promote engineering and science to females. “Our research showed a lot of girls–and boys, too–lose interest and think mathematics and science are too hard by grade four,” Behjat says. The researchers created a computer game that has applications in math and science as well as social and creative writing. Professional geophysicist Becky Cook credits the Alberta Women’s Science Network for being an “integral part of getting the word out to young women about career possibilities in science and engineering.” Margaret-Ann Armour, an honorary member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, was one of the 20 individuals involved in the creation of WISEST. Armour says that as a result of the WISEST program, the University of Alberta “went from about 30 percent women to 53 percent women entering first-year science and from 10 percent to about 25 percent in engineering.”
If you want to read and learn more, visit: http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/More+women+entering+science+careers/4508243/story.html