Baltimore , Maryland
June 25, 2023
June 25, 2023
June 28, 2023
Women in Engineering Division (WIED)
Undergraduate computing degrees have long experienced a gender disparity in enrollment. Research shows that a lack of sense of belonging can negatively impact underrepresented students in higher education, and in the STEM fields. Furthermore, academic self-concept has been demonstrated to support students in persisting and graduating college. However, it is unclear how colleges can utilize interventions to cultivate a sense of belonging and academic self-concept specifically for women in the computing field. Furthermore, research is needed to understand the impacts of career focused academic conference participation for women enrolled in undergraduate computing degrees at commuter institutions. This study examines the impact of participating in a regional Women in Computing conference on their sense of belonging and academic self-concept. This study utilized a quantitative, descriptive approach to examine the experience of 29 undergraduate women interested in the computing field at a teaching college, public institution in the northeast. Participants participated in a pre- and post-conference survey to determine the perceived impacts. Participants were also surveyed one month and eight months after conference attendance to determine longer-term impact. The study findings demonstrate that women computing majors felt an improved sense of belonging and academic self-concept after attending the conference. Students felt more optimistic about their ability to connect with peers, faculty, and industry partners and their ability to persist through the computing degree. Implications for institutions and research are also discussed.
Villani, M. V., & Aydin, I., & Cullington, L. (2023, June), Analyzing the Impact of Attending a Women in Computing Conference on Undergraduate Computing Students Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland. https://peer.asee.org/42662
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