WOMEN IN STEM

Thanks to women in science – and their many contributions to technology, engineering, and mathematics – the world is a better place. It is imperative consistent federal investments be made to help these researchers build on their progress and create more opportunities for women scientists moving forward.

Universities and colleges around the country are taking the lead in this endeavor, because increased diversity in the talent pipeline provides new perspectives and leads to stronger, more innovative research.

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WOMEN IN STEM

Thanks to women in science – and their many contributions to technology, engineering, and mathematics – the world is a better place. It is imperative consistent federal investments be made to help these researchers build on their progress and create more opportunities for women scientists moving forward.

Universities and colleges around the country are taking the lead in this endeavor, because increased diversity in the talent pipeline provides new perspectives and leads to stronger, more innovative research.

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WOMEN IN STEM

Thanks to women in science – and their many contributions to technology, engineering, and mathematics – the world is a better place. It is imperative consistent federal investments be made to help these researchers build on their progress and create more opportunities for women scientists moving forward.

Universities and colleges around the country are taking the lead in this endeavor, because increased diversity in the talent pipeline provides new perspectives and leads to stronger, more innovative research.

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Marquette University

Women Engineering Leadership Academy

This annual week-long residential program is open to rising female high school juniors and seniors and places additional emphasis on the importance of fostering women leaders in engineering. The programming immerses students in the daily life of a Marquette Engineer while highlighting a wide variety of engineering disciplines and leadership opportunities offered at Marquette. Program highlights include: working directly with Marquette faculty, students and female STEM leaders from industry; learning through cutting-edge laboratory experiences, hands-on demonstrations and challenges to hone critical thinking and problem-solving skills; experiencing student life at Marquette by living and dining in an on-campus residence hall; and exploring downtown Milwaukee through field trips and excursions.

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Women’s Innovative Network

As the university increasingly focuses on innovation, it is critical that we engage and draw from all of our talent. Various metrics for women’s participation in innovation and entrepreneurial activities indicate female faculty, students, and staff are participating in innovation activities and opportunities at a lower rate compared to men. At this critical junction, Marquette University clearly needs to develop novel ways to build an innovation culture among women in all parts of the university community.

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Institute for Women’s Leadership

Marquette University has received a $5 million gift to establish a research-based institute focused on women’s leadership.

Marquette University president Michael Lovell said, “Gender equity and inclusive representation in the workforce and education at all levels are critical topics both nationally and within our campus community at Marquette. I am personally committed to raising the profile of female leaders on campus and ensuring we have the right support systems and leadership development opportunities available for emerging women leaders, and now we have an institution-wide commitment in the new Institute for Women’s Leadership.”

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advantage Testing Foundation Math Prize for Girls

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology marked the 10th annual Advantage Testing Math Prize for Girls competition with a record 285 participants. Bringing together exceptionally talented middle and high school female mathematics students, the girls compete for a portion of $60,00 in prize winnings and develop meaningful relationships in an environment where “their sense of belonging is never in question.”

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Women in Chemistry (WIC)

Women in Chemistry (WIC) is a student-run group for graduate student and postdoctoral women in the Department of Chemistry. WIC is an organization that endeavors to enrich the experiences of women through professional development, mentorship, outreach, and community building.

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Women’s Technology Program (WTP)

The MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade.

For rising high school seniors, WTP is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in classes, labs and projects to encourage their pursuit of engineering and computer science in higher level education. For four weeks in the summer, girls from around the country engage in this intense academic experience – many of whom who have very little previous background in STEM.

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Rising Stars in EECS

Rising Stars is an intensive workshop for women graduate students and postdocs who are interested in pursuing academic careers in electrical engineering and computer science. Launched at MIT in 2012, the annual event has since been hosted at the University of California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, and Stanford University.

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The Ohio State University

Ohio State ADVANCE

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the mission of Ohio State ADVANCE is to increase the representation, advancement and recruitment of women faculty in the academic STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, and contribute to the development and success of global research leaders.

Ohio State ADVANCE continues to advance, sustain, and institutionalize the best practices and evidence-based strategies for women faculty recruitment and retention particularly in the STEMM fields. Ohio State ADVANCE conducts REACH for Commercialization workshops as well as providing support for Ohio State’s Discovery Themes initiative. The Discovery Themes, identified as long-term targets of teaching, research, and engagement, will add 500 new faculty over the next 10 years in the areas of Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security and Health and Wellness.

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Pace University

Billion Oyster Project

Led by Pace University’s Dr. Lauren Birney, with support from the National Science Foundation, a city-wide initiative has been implemented to enable schools and teachers to incorporate STEM education, including waterfront field research and environmental restoration, in New York City’s lowest-income and most under-resourced public schools.

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Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey:

Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSEM)

For over a decade, the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSEM) has supported the Rutgers University mission of outstanding teaching, research, and community engagement by promoting gender equity in science, engineering, and mathematics —fields that tend to be disproportionately male. racial equity in science, engineering, and mathematics —fields that tend to be disproportionately male. Our efforts start at home in New Jersey on the Rutgers University campus, but our programs are models for how university programs across the country and entire globe can foster supportive environments for students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. WiSEM provides resources and support for engagement and success in the sciences; acts as a catalyst and partner in achieving diversity; develops an enriched workforce for the 21st century; and contributes to the development of visionary leaders. Current program offerings include exposing female students to careers in industry, community building, improving mentoring in STEM departments, and leadership development. Learn more by visiting wisem.rutgers.edu.

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Stony Brook University

Women in STEM Leadership Program

The Women in STEM Leadership Program is an immersive, interactive course designed to support current and future female leaders in STEM with practical tools and valuable connections to help them overcome barriers and grow their careers (videos here).

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Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program seeks to increase the number of women in science, math and engineering fields through outreach, recruitment and retention efforts. Combining the vast resources of a major university with the close bonds of a small community, the WISE College Program enables undergraduate women to work closely with peers and faculty to form friendships and to achieve a solid background in their field.

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Women in Computer Science (WiCS)

WiCS is an organization whose mission is to provide encouragement and support to women, both graduate and undergraduate, in the field of computing. They aim to foster understanding between men and women in Computer Science and to improve women’s involvement in the field, holding events, both academic and social in nature, and work with other groups and the Computer Science department.

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University of Colorado Boulder

The #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

The CU Boulder “I look like an Engineer” campaign, built and run by the College of Engineering & Applied Science, was created to increase awareness of the discrimination that non-stereotypical engineers face and to promote an inclusive atmosphere in the field.

The college itself also aims to be the first public engineering college with a 50 percent women undergraduate population. CU Boulder is excited to debunk stereotypes about what engineers look like and to share the rich diversity of our students and alumni. We’re proud to feature the stories of many of our outstanding engineers here.

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SciGirls Stategies

SciGirls Strategiesis a National Science Foundation–funded project led by Twin Cities PBS (TPT) in partnership with  Catherine University, the National Girls Collaborative, and XSci (The Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative) at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for STEM Learning. This three-year initiative aims to increase the number of high school girls recruited to and retained in fields where females are traditionally underrepresented: technical science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) pathways.

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Latina SciGirls

An exciting project focused on engaging middle-school Hispanic girls in STEM, using role models, embracing cultural diversity, and engaging families, plus social science research to rigorously examine impacts.

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University of California Berkeley

Girls in Engineering

Girls in Engineering is a program designed to grow the next generation of engineering leaders through an experience built on hallmarks of Berkeley Engineering: hands-on, team-based learning; an emphasis on leadership; and engineering in a societal context.

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University of California Davis

Women in STEM

True innovation happens through collaboration and inclusivity across disciplines and diverse perspectives. That’s why the UC Davis is committed to the equitable representation and advancement of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and careers.

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University of California Irvine

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

AWIS unites women and men through a nationwide network of chapters and partnerships with aligned professional organizations. Success is dependent upon the diversity of their members, corporate and institutional partners and sponsors — all of whom are committed to the advancement of women’s leadership in STEM.

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University of California Los Angeles

National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty (NAIDSF)

Funded under the NSF INCLUDES program, the new initiative is called the National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty, or NAIDSF. The alliance aims to attract more college students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds — and to help these students graduate and succeed in STEM careers.

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University of California Merced

UC Merced’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE provides support and connections for women studying engineering or in STEM. Their mission is to provide encouragement for women to achieve their full potential as engineers and influential members of society.

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University of California San Diego

Women Organization for Research Monitoring (WORM) in STEM

WORM is aimed at fostering personalized and useful mentoring experiences for women in STEM at UCSD at all levels. To give both mentors and mentees the most meaningful mentoring relationship, mentees can search through potential mentor profiles to find a mentor that matches her needs and interests.

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Graduate Women in Computing at UCSD

This group is dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion in the Computer Science and general STEM fields at UCSD. Their goal is to ensure that colleagues have a strong support system and appropriate resources to pursue their endeavors.

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University of California San Francisco

QBI Scholarship for Women from Developing Nations in Biosciences

The Quantitative Biosciences Institute, QBI-UCSF, is launching a new scholarship for women from developing countries with the aim of empowering women by providing support and capacity building in biosciences research.

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University of California Santa Barbara

American Physical Society’s (APS) 2019 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)

The goal of APS CUWiP is to provide a professional conference for undergraduate women and underrepresented genders to explore opportunities in graduate schools, careers, research, and community-building in physics. CUWiP is a unique networking opportunity for students to share meaningful experiences and have important conversations about the space we navigate as physicists.

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University of California Santa Cruz

Vera Rubin Presidential Chair for Diversity in Astronomy

The endowed chair was created to advance the cause of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence in astronomy. The holder of the chair will embody the spirit of diversity in one of a variety of ways, such as their proven ability to attract and train new astronomers from all walks of life. Read more here.

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University of Iowa

Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE)

The mission of the Women in Science and Engineering Program is to expand and improve educational and professional opportunities for women in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by facilitating individual, institutional, and social change.

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University of Nebraska

Code Crush

Launched in 2013, CodeCrush has grown to be the largest iSTEM immersion experience for girls and their teachers in the Midwest. CodeCrush is an initiative of the University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology’s Women in IT Initiative, a community-run task force built to increase the number of women entering the IT workforce.

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Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference: February 21 & 22

The Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference is an annual two-day event designed to educate and uplift women involved in any aspect of Nebraska’s agricultural industry. Through workshops and presentations, attendees will learn how to better manage risk, improve their farms and ranches and become more successful operators and business partners. Register here.

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The 21st Annual Women in Science Conference: March 29 & 30

Women in Science is for students who want to interact with career and academic professional women in science, meet current female science students and other high school girls who are interested in science. Register here.

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University of Oregon

Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence (SPICE)

The mission of SPICE, originally funded by NSF, is to collaborate in creating a learning environment where girls can thrive in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This broad goal is achieved by enhancing the science experiences of middle and high school girls, through a set of proven intervention strategies, including: mentoring; early hands-on research experience; role models; access to information and equipment; and building a community of young scientists.

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Graduate Women in Science

The 150 members of WGS at Oregon form one of the largest graduate student women’s groups in the country. The success of WGS is so uncommon, other university student groups nationwide are seeking directions about how to start and maintain a student women’s science organization of their own.

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COACh

Established by Medal of Science winner, Geraldine Richmond, with support from NSF, COACh is a grass-roots organization working to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers through innovative programs and strategies. Membership is free and open to anyone who shares its passion for building capacity in STEM fields around the world.

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Washington State University

WSU WiSTEM (Washington State University Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

WiSTEM is a university-wide initiative to better support Washington State University’s female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) community. WSU’s inaugural Week of Women in STEM was held in April 2018. This year’s Week of Women in STEM is planned for earlier spring 2019.

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