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Many female undergraduate Engineering students struggle during their first and second years of college with finding their place and questioning whether they belong in Engineering. It has been shown that mentoring programs can help encourage women to stay in STEM. The purpose of this study is to implement a women in science and engineering mentoring program within the STEM disciplines at the university. The focus of the initial pilot mentoring program includes: 1) orientation to the program, networking, community building and defining the program’s goals; 2) understanding the imposter syndrome and strategies for dealing with it; 3) networking with female STEM faculty; and 4) professional advice and career paths. The initial mentoring program design was developed through two Lean Six Sigma projects, where they collected voice of the customer (mentors and mentees) data, and designed the program. The program was piloted in Fall 2019, spearheaded by the Women Engineering Program in the School of Engineering, the director and a student graduate assistant. The success of the pilot program was assessed in three ways: 1) number of mentor/mentee pairs starting the program, compared to the initial number interested; 2) retention of women in engineering and science during the program periods; and 3) through mentor and mentee reflections. In the initial voice of customer data collection, we identified 14 possible mentors, and in the pilot program, we had over 40 mentor/mentees pairs for the program. This program will provide mentorship to women engineers throughout their college career as well as support them for a career in engineering in the workplace.
Hart, E., & Mott, A., & Furterer, S. L. (2020, June), Piloting an Undergraduate Engineering Mentoring Program to Enhance Gender Diversity Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35058
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