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Increasing Female Participation in Engineering: Evaluating POWER Summer Camp

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

WIED: Pre-College Student Experiences

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Women in Engineering

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24.734.1 - 24.734.24



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Jessica R. McCormick Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Jessica McCormick is the Academic Program Coordinator for the Engineering Dual Degree Program (EDDP), a partnership between Butler University and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI. In this position she coordinates and runs all aspects of the program; including advising current students, program alumni relationships, and prospective and admitted student contact. She also manages the internship program for all EDDP students. She is the faculty advisor to the EDDP’s Engineering Club and the Society of Women Engineers student organization. She also teaches a career planning class for engineers and a first-year engineering course. From 2006-2008, she was the Director for the Preparing Outstanding Women for Engineering Roles–POWER– Summer Camp. Mrs. McCormick received her Masters of Science in Technology and Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI.

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Terri L. Talbert-Hatch Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Terri Talbert-Hatch, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Services
Purdue School of Engineering & Technology, IUPUI

Dr. Talbert-Hatch oversees the Student Services Office with responsibilities for undergraduate student recruitment and engagement, K-12 programming, career services, residential-based learning communities, scholarships, and student government for the School of Engineering and Technology. She works very closely with current students. She is responsible for the Commitment to Engineering Excellence program which is a university funded program that provides scholarships and research funding for underrepresented students in engineering and engineering technology programs. Dr. Talbert-Hatch is also a Co-PI on a recently funded NSF STEM grant that provides scholarships, academic support, and career planning for 2nd year students with unmet financial need who are enrolled in engineering programs.

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Charles Feldhaus Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Dr. Charles Feldhaus is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision in the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication (TLC) with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is Co-Director of the IUPUI STEM Education Research Institute (SERI) and serves as Chair of Graduate Programs for the TLC department. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in Radio and Television from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and the Masters of Science in Secondary Education from Indiana University. His doctorate is from the University of Louisville in Educational Administration with a cognate in urban education. Dr. Feldhaus spent 20 years as a classroom teacher, principal and district administrator in public education. His research interests include P-12 STEM education, STEM workforce education, post-secondary STEM education discipline based research, engineering technology recruitment and retention, and engineering ethics.

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Creating Diversity in the Engineering Pipeline: Impact of *Name* Summer Camp on Females As the demand for engineering professionals continues to grow throughout the U.S.,industry leaders and educators are continuously addressing ways to successfully attract femalesinto engineering programs. Outreach programs are often developed as a way to encourage youngwomen to consider careers in this traditionally male dominated field. This paper will describe the results of a longitudinal study designed to determine if the*Name* Summer Camp is successful at encouraging females to pursue engineering as a careerpath. This study will add to the literature addressing the diversity problem in engineering andhelp identify the impact of engineering outreach programs on high school girls. Results indicate a correlation between attending *Name* Summer Camp and enteringengineering programs in college. In addition, *Name* Summer Camp is increasing interest andunderstanding of the engineering profession along with promoting and developing self-efficacyin engineering for participants of the camp. Additionally, findings show that *Name* SummerCamp is a successful recruitment tool for a large, urban Midwestern state university with avariety of engineering and technology majors.

McCormick, J. R., & Talbert-Hatch, T. L., & Feldhaus, C. (2014, June), Increasing Female Participation in Engineering: Evaluating POWER Summer Camp Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20626

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