June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
10.667.1 - 10.667.10
Girls In Science, Engineering, and Technology (GISET)
Rasha Morsi, Ph.D.
Norfolk State University
While the proportion of women earning bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering (S&E) has increased, the proportion remains significantly lower than that of women earning bachelor’s degrees in non-scientific areas, indicating a critical need for additional retention and recruiting techniques specifically for minority females. In the last few decades, recruiting of minority females has been a challenge to say the least. At Norfolk State University, the student population is 88% African American, 64% of this population is female, yet there is a disproportionately small percentage of African-American female students majoring in the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) fields (0.22% Engineering, 0.50% Technology, and 1.98% Computer Science). Revised retention and recruitment techniques were needed for these SET majors among others. The Girls in Science, Engineering, and Technology (GISET) is a newly founded club at NSU with the main purpose of retaining currently enrolled SET female students and recruiting more female students from the immediate community as well as nationwide.
While the proportion of women earning bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering (S&E) has increased, the proportion remains significantly lower than that of women earning bachelor’s degrees in non-scientific areas, indicating a critical need for additional research into the reason behind this discrepancy. Not surprisingly, women also remain significantly underrepresented in the total S&E workforce, especially when compared with their presence in the total labor force or in the college-educated labor force .
“Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education”
Morsi, R. (2005, June), Girls In Science, Engineering, And Technology (Giset) Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. https://peer.asee.org/14259
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