Crystal City, Virginia
April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
May 2, 2018
Diversity and Gender
In academia, it is widely held that attendance at technical conferences is expected of faculty and graduate students. In the past several years, many professional societies have also created space to encourage undergraduate participation. The benefits of attendance includes sharing and learning new research, and networking with individuals in the field. In fact, many institutions provide support for their faculty and students to attend technical conferences. More recently, national conferences focused on professional development have emerged. Rather than focusing on novel research, these venues provide professional development in areas such as mentoring, leadership, empowerment, networking, gender equality, and diversity.
The study collected data from 38 female engineering students, of all academic levels, before and after attending non-technical conferences. This research presents the correlation between the conference focus and the participants’ professional and personal development, commitment with current degree, and usefulness of the conference.
Quantitative and qualitative results show attendance at non-technical conferences may have a positive impact in the persistence aspects examined in this study: confidence, role model inspiration, personal and professional impact, and commitment.
Serrano Anazco, M. I., & Zurn-Birkhimer, S., & Baker, R. A. (2018, April), Non-technical Conferences: Impact on Female Engineering Students Paper presented at 2018 CoNECD - The Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity Conference, Crystal City, Virginia. https://peer.asee.org/29557
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2018 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015