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Attracting Women to Engineering through Service-Based Learning

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Women in Engineering Division Poster Session

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Women in Engineering

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26.268.1 - 26.268.10



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Celine Manoosingh Georgia Southern University

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Dr. Celine Manoosingh is an Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management department at Georgia Southern University. Her research is focused on sustainability in the built environment, and engineering education initiatives focusing on the recruitment and retention of women.

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Attracting Women to Engineering through Service Based LearningGeorgia Southern University’s Department of Civil Engineering & Construction Management(CECM) has developed a program that utilizes a service-learning based curriculum as a vehicleto attract and retain young women to engineering fields. In 2012, women made up less than 20%of the undergraduate population of the CECM department at Georgia Southern University. Inresponse, the department has launched an initiative to motivate young women to chooseengineering as a career path. The goal of the program is to attract women by creating asustainable service-learning based curriculum that is mutually beneficial to the community whichit serves, and the students of the program, who gain experience through service-based real worldapplications. The paper gives a comprehensive review of literature that provided a foundation forthe development of this program, and discusses the effectiveness of past service-based initiativesfocused on attracting women to fields of study. The study also presents an overview of howselected core courses in the Civil Engineering & Construction Management program wereadapted to include experiential service facets and service projects were developed with thecollaboration of Habitat for Humanity in Statesboro, GA. The methodology for measuring theeffectiveness of the program is discussed, and statistics of recruiting and retention statisticsyoung women entering the CECM program following the program launch are presented. Inconclusion, the paper analyzes survey results aimed at assessing the response of female college-ready high school seniors to the program rebrand.

Manoosingh, C. (2015, June), Attracting Women to Engineering through Service-Based Learning Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23607

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