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Ten Years Later: Where are they Now?

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Women in Engineering Division Technical Session 6

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Women in Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

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18

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https://peer.asee.org/28938

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40

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Janet Callahan Boise State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6665-1584

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Janet Callahan is Chair and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Callahan received her Ph.D. in Materials Science, M.S. in Metallurgy, and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Her educational research interests include leadership, institutional change, engineering and STEM recruitment and retention, and engineering, materials science and engineering, and mathematics education.

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Donna C. Llewellyn Boise State University

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Donna Crystal Llewellyn received her BA (major in Mathematics and minor in Economics) with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 1980. She went on to earn an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1981 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University in 1984. After 30 years at Georgia Tech in a variety of roles, Donna became the Executive Director of the new Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives at Boise State University in January 2015. Donna's current interests center around education issues in general, and in particular on increasing access and success of those traditionally under-represented and/or under-served in STEM higher education.

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Vicki Stieha Boise State University

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Vicki Stieha, Ph.D. is a faculty member at Boise State University in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning. She earned her doctoral degree in Educational Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Her current work and research focuses on pedagogical and curricular reform in higher education with special attention to increasing the success of underrepresented students in STEM.

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Ann E. Delaney Boise State University

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Ann Delaney graduated in 2016 with her Masters in Materials Science & Engineering with an interdisciplinary emphasis in Public Policy and Administration from Boise State University. Her thesis was entitled, "Nanomanufacturing Outside of the Lab: An Academic-Industry Partnership Case Study.” She also received her B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Boise State in 2014. In the Spring of 2016, Ann was recognized as part of the first cohort of University Innovation Fellows at Boise State, and has worked as a Fellow to collect and incorporate student feedback into future plans for makerspaces on the Boise State campus. As an undergraduate and graduate student, she has been involved with the Society of Women Engineers, and also taught a materials science laboratory course as a graduate teaching assistant. She has volunteered at numerous STEM outreach activities on and off of the Boise State campus throughout her time as a student and is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM and helping girls and women to recognize that STEM is a path that is open to them if they want to take it.

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Abstract

Ten Years Later: Where are they Now? This paper is focused on exploring the educational and career trajectories of the alumnae of an outreach activity for girls. The outreach activity was originally developed using an integrated marketing approach to attract girls into engineering programs [Ref]. It involves a two day, overnight experience for exiting 9th, 10th and 11th grade girls, and focuses on showcasing engineering as an exciting, creative activity, including activities developed from that perspective. Started in 2005 and held annually since then, a total of over 500 girls have participated, with approximately 85% of them coming from the University’s immediate metropolitan area. Facilitated by the College of Engineering, and largely staffed by volunteering women engineers from the region, the outreach event takes place in a small metropolitan city in the United States. At the time of its onset this was the only outreach or camp activity in that state focused on girls or young women in engineering and science. The college-going rate in this state is very low, so there is interest in any programming that increases that rate – especially for girls in engineering. The specific topic of this paper is an investigation into what has transpired in the girls’ lives relative to their educational and career plans since they participated in the program. We are interested in using the pathways forward for these girls to better understand the impact the program may be having as well as to be able to better tell the story about how one program can influence such plans. Participants in this research project are drawn from the population of 418 alumni of the program who are currently at least 18 years of age. Participants in this population for whom we have a verified email address will receive a survey (n= 173). The survey will collect information from past participants focusing on what other STEM related extracurricular programs they participated in, their post-secondary activities (education and career), and what impacted those choices. Additional data will be gathered from a smaller sample of alumni who are current students at the University (n = 40) via focus group. The data will be analyzed using qualitative methods and this paper will report on the results of the analysis. Implications for program design and follow up activities will also be discussed.

Callahan, J., & Llewellyn, D. C., & Stieha, V., & Delaney, A. E. (2017, June), Ten Years Later: Where are they Now? Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28938

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