Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Women in Engineering
This paper presents a framework for a newly developed undergraduate honors curriculum for the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Honors Program at Stony Brook University. The curriculum, one of the first of its kind to be implemented simultaneously in a college of engineering and a college of arts and sciences, was designed based upon student and faculty interest in designating WISE as an honors program with students graduating with distinction upon completing their undergraduate STEM degrees. Curricula were differentiated for various STEM majors, but they share a common 20-credit, four-year sequence featuring courses in undergraduate research, service learning, women's leadership in STEM, and teaching, research, and internship practicum. The core of the WISE Honors Program curriculum emphasizes not only academic excellence in STEM, but service and leadership with a deep and rigorous research and career focus.
The research-based theoretical principles upon which the curriculum was based include a sociocognitive theory of career choice and persistence - the theory of planned behavior - where students develop self-efficacy and controllability of goal attainment based upon early exposure to research and community service. This theoretical foundation was complemented and broadened by the community of practice approach, where students participate in collaborative research and service opportunities with like-minded peers and practicing engineers and scientists. Preliminary findings suggest that the WISE Honors Program provides undergraduate women with strong self-efficacy, confidence in completing their degrees, and academic integration in a network of peers with congruent aspirations. Future research will explore changes in these variables as they relate to post-collegiate aspirations, and compared through cross-case analysis with academically advanced students who did not participate in the curriculum.
Kelly, A. M., & Aveni, D., & Bugallo, M. (2018, June), Women in Science and Engineering: A Framework for an Honors Undergraduate Curriculum Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31256
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