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Mentoring Women Students in STEM Disciplines at the Two-Year College Arminda Wey Mathematics Department Brookdale Community College Lincroft, New Jersey League of Innovations March 16, 2009 STEM : Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Request for Mentors Math - Physics
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Brookdale Community College
Lincroft, New Jersey
League of Innovations
March 16, 2009
Mentoring programs that help socialize students to SME fields are another form of support for women and minorities. The presence and guidance of peer or faculty mentors have been shown to positively affect retention (NSF, 1996). For women in the sciences, mentors help provide a support network that increases students' self-confidence and feeling of worth to the field (Goodman Research Group, 2002).
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Sally Ride is important to me because she encouraged women to love science. She showed that women can do whatever men can do. She made a difference in my life since I’m a girl and women can do just as much as boys and men do. Also, Sally Ride is a great role model for people who have big dreams. I’m glad women like Sally Ride encourage girls like me to be whatever we want to. She is my hero! Written by Sofia from USA
June 18, 1983: First American Woman in Space
Astrophysicist Sally K. Ride becomes America's first woman astronaut,... She is active in mentoring women in science and technology.
A: The program was presented to the students in W.E.S.T. and interested students requested to participate.
A: Faculty were individually approached by the program director based on individual strengths and commitment.
W.E.S.T. originator at Brookdale,
Elaine Klett, with her mentee
Sally Boyer, and
Architect Kathleen Buchanan
A: Arranged by the program director who was familiar with the faculty and students. Consideration of faculty background and student goals as well a personality characteristics.
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Women in Engineering, Science and Technology
The purpose of W.E.S.T. is to support and encourage women taking math, engineering, science and technology courses by providing mentoring of women students by appropriate faculty, exposure to successful women in these fields, and providing opportunities to obtain information on careers, scholarships, grants, etc.
Membership in W.E.S.T. is open and free to women students and faculty.
SPRING SEMESTER 2009 Tentative Schedule
GENERAL MEETINGS MAS 229 11:45 MENTORING PROGRAM
February 5, 2009 General Meeting; January 29, 2009
Featured Speaker: Susan Boyce Mentoring Program Meeting
March 6, 2009 College Visit to NJIT (Friday)
March 26, 2009 General Meeting May Mentoring Program Meeting
Feature: Engineering Panel
March 27, 2009 College Visit to Rutgers
March 29, 2009 Open House (Sunday)
April 16, 2009 General Meeting
Let’s Get Acquainted Dinner
1. Usefulness of the Networking Session
100% responded with the highest rating of 5.
2. Usefulness of the Panel Discussion
92.3% responded the highest rating of 5.
3. Interest in the Mentoring Program
84.6% responded the highest rating of 5.
4. Overall Conference Experience
92.3% responded with highest rating of excellent.
Women in Math and Science
The National Center for Education Statistics recently released a report entitled "Women in Mathematics and Science." The report found that women have made "tremendous progress" in education over the last few decades, but discrepancies in education between men and women still exist. Boys and girls have similar levels of interest and proficiency in math and science until age 13, when boys begin to perform better in science. As students progress through high school, the gap widens to include math; men score better on the SAT math and science achievement tests as well as AP Exams. The difference between the sexes has shrunk over time but still exists. The math and science courses taken by men and women are similar, except men are more likely to take physics and women are more likely to take chemistry. Women who do not take math or science their senior year of high school are more likely than men to have been advised that they did not need the material or stated that they disliked the subject.
While postsecondary enrollment has increased over the past decade, the proportion of students obtaining degrees in STEM fields has fallen. ..1994–1995 about 32 percent obtained STEM degrees. …about 27 percent in 2003-04. Despite increases in enrollment and degree attainment by women and minorities at the graduate level, the number of graduate degrees conferred fell in several STEM-related fields from 1994–95 to 2003-04. College and university officials and students most often cited subpar teacher quality and poor high school preparation as factors that discouraged the pursuit of STEM degrees. Suggestions to encourage more enrollment in STEM fields include increased outreach and mentoring.
From 1994 to 2003, employment in STEM fields increased by an estimated 23 percent, compared to 17 percent in non-STEM fields. Mathematics and computer science showed the highest increase in STEM-related employment, and employment in science-related fields increased as well. However, in certain STEM fields, including engineering, the number of employees did not increase significantly. Further, while the estimated number of women, African-Americans, and Hispanic-Americans employed in STEM fields increased, women and minorities remained underrepresented relative to their numbers in the civilian labor force. Key factors affecting STEM employment decisions include mentoring for women and minorities…
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Brookdale Community College, Mathematics Department
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738