Explanation Illustration Intervention
General Middle School High School Undergraduate
To supplement the students’ regular academic program, the project began to offer participants small study groups, close academic advising by faculty, a strong mentoring system, social support, and an orientation to the university’s science research milieu, and scholarships for their first year.
WISE women at Stony Brook, undergraduate
Edith Steinfeld, K. Wendy Tang, Wendy Katkin
Pedagogical agents are three-dimensional, animated, computer-based characters that can serve as teachers. The research team will measure students’ stereotypes of engineering, their motivation to pursue a career in the field, and self-efficacy. Results from this research could guide instructional programmers to the most important features for computer-based role models for young women. Results will also provide some insight into what makes an effective real life, human role model.
CHALLENGING GENDER STEREOTYPES WITH COMPUTER-BASED SOCIAL MODELS
GRADE LEVEL: MIDDLE SCHOOL, UNDERGRADUATE
Research experiences for undergraduates can be particularly effective at engaging students. Researchers are designing a “model undergraduate research experience” aimed at encouraging women’s commitment to science and engineering in the long term. The model will encompass engineering, computer science, and physical science, as women are underrepresented in these disciplines. In creating Research Experiences for Undergraduates, the research team is concentrating on three factors, based on data from comparable efforts around the country:
• A research environment in which undergraduate women lead investigations with direct implications for society—for example, the environment or education. This connection between research environments and real-life implications can be an effective recruitment strategy.
• A research experience structured so that students can be productive and successful.
• A support structure ensuring that each student integrates into the experience both academically and socially.
WOMEN AT CENS: A RESEARCH SYSTEM
GRADE LEVEL: UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE
MEP (Minority Engineering Program) assists students in their transtion to post-secondary education and provides academic programming such as calculus, physics and exposes students to peer mentors.
WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) assists female students transition to post-secondary education by providing peer mentors, tutoring, and career advising.
"To help dispel the stereotype that engineering is not only geeky but also only for guys, the National Academy of Engineering unveiled today a new Web site meant to entice high-school girls to study and enter the discipline. Engineer Your Life contains sketches of about 12 young, diverse, female engineers. They explain how theyre working with their local communities to solve real problems, like designing fun toys, safe helicopters, and life-saving medical devices. Another section explains how to prepare for college engineering programs, with information on what high-school courses to take, the experience of studying engineering, and choosing an engineering program. Also provided is information about starting salaries. The academy says it developed the Web site using research about ways to appeal to high-school girls who were qualified to enter undergraduate engineering programs but may not have considered engineering as a career. The project was assisted by more than 50 educational and engineering societies. The academy is supporting a national campaign to assist counselors and teachers and to recruit engineers to encourage girls. Todays unveiling of the Web site fell during National Engineers Week."