Salt Lake City, Utah
June 20, 2004
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Peer-Mentoring among Female Biomedical Engineering Students can be Extended to Other Engineering Disciplines
Semahat S. Demir
Joint Biomedical Engineering Program, University of Memphis & University of Tennessee 330 Engineering Technology Building, Memphis TN, 38152-3210, USA Adjunct Faculty of Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Işık University, Istanbul, Turkey
Abstract— Mentoring is significant personal and professional assistance given by a more experienced person to a less experienced person during a time of transition. Transitions from high school to university, from university to graduate school are difficult. Organizing and administering mentoring programs in schools or in professional societies provide good recruitment and retention of female students in engineering. Biomedical engineering (BME) is the engineering discipline that has the highest percentage of female degree recipients and tenure/tenure-track teaching faculty as seen presented in “ASEE Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges, 2001 Education. Engineering Education by the Numbers”. Thus there is a great potential for female role models, mentors and mentees in BME. Recently, I have a developed a mentoring program for women at the Joint Graduate Biomedical Engineering Program of University of Memphis (UM) and University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UT). Currently our program focuses on peer-mentoring and community building. We follow the book "Giving Much/Gaining More: Mentoring for Success" by Dr. Wadsworth for our meetings and activities to provide a support and discussion group, and environment to women in their transition time of the BME graduate studies. Our future goal is to expand our mentoring program to female students in our engineering school since we believe that the women in BME are excellent role models, mentors and mentees to women in other engineering disciplines.
Keywords: mentoring; support groups; women in engineering; professional development.
Based on the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges, 2001 Education, the percentage of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees awarded to women is the highest for biomedical engineering (BME) discipline . The bachelor’s degrees awarded to women in engineering was 19.9% ; BME
Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education
Demir, S. S. (2004, June), Peer Mentoring Among Female Biomedical Engineering Students Can Be Extended To Other Engineering Disciplines Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/13742
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