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Women in Engineering
Women in engineering face different challenges than men in engineering programs due to engineering being a male dominated field. This impacts their recruitment, retention, and future career paths. Women often face issues such as lowered sense of self-efficacy, poorer group experiences, and less stable support networks. The goal of this multi-semester study was to find the factors that help recruit and retain women engineering students. A survey was administered to about 1500 students, the approximate number of undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Engineering. The questions focused on factors of recruitment and retention, including family life, classroom experiences, extra-curriculars, specific course experiences at the public mid-atlantic University the study was conducted at and more. These questions were designed to give insight on what gets the students to stay in engineering. Interview questions elaborating on these topics were also included. Female students will be interviewed in the next phase of this project. The first phase of the study involved sending the surveys to students of senior standing (approximately 400 students). We received 66 responses, of which 45% of the students surveyed were female. The results were varied across six different disciplines. The results showed that the survey participants had supportive families and friends, but a lack of mentorship. There was also a high interest in the subject matter of their chosen discipline, which appeared to be the main factor. The next phase of the project will include sending the survey to all of the engineering students, as well as conduct focus group interviews on the students who opted in. The focus group questions are designed to elaborate on female student experiences while at the university. The results for phase two are expected to be similar to phase one, but more in depth with additional factors recognized.
Osta, A., & Kadlowec, J., & Papernik, A., & Dias-Liebold, A. F. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Studying the Factors Affecting Women Recruitment and Retention in Engineering Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35687
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