Teaching Opportunities, UMass: Engineering
- Women in Engineering Program (WEP) Contact: Nancy Hellman 545-2035 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Promoting Women and Minorities: SHOUT is a program designed to increase interest in high school girls in studying engineering. Undergraduate engineering majors go back to their high schools to do presentations on studying engineering at UMass. The women bring packets and prepared information. The visits are arranged through math and science teachers at the high school and usually take place during January or UMass spring break.
Key Words: High school outreach, increase interest in engineering for girls
- Girl Scout Day: Girl Scout Day was started three years ago as a way for the Women in Engineering Program to help western Massachusetts Girls Scouts earn their badge for math and science. Now it is whole day of activities for 4th-6th grade Girl Scout. The activities are run and planned by undergraduates and include the girls going to different, experimental stations and watching a video.
Key Words: Teaching opportunity, 4th-6th grade girls
- Project 1999: This project, which is now over, was funded with an NSF grant. The goal of the program was to attract and support girls entering high school. And, to start girls thinking about college, UMass and engineering. Girls would come to campus for two weeks during the summer before high school. They would take coursed in math, science, computing, and multiculturalism. The courses were supplemented with field trips, like to the Boston Science Museum and with women in science demonstrations. After the summer, faculty and students from the WEP would visit the high schools and do further projects and lessons.
Project 1999 was very well received. The Holyoke school system wanted the project to continue, and even raised half of the necessary funding to do so. Nancy Hellman compiled all the information, resources, lesson, activities from the project into a manual which available and hopefully will be used someday when the project is recussitated.
Key Words: High school outreach, girls in science/engineering
- High School Career Day: One Monday in October, UMass WEP invites 12th graders from throughout Massachusetts who have identified themselves or been identified as interested in UMass engineering. The prospective students come to UMass campus for the day with a science or math teacher or a guidance counselor. This way, not only do the students learn about the WEP, but also representatives from their schools do. The day consists of the high schools students listening to and asking questions of a panel of women engineers and women professors of engineering. Also, the high school students talk to engineering students at various levels of undergraduate and graduate. The evaluations of the career day are very good- both those by teachers and students.
Key Words: Women in engineering, recruiting high school girls, using models
- Big and Little Sister Network: A program sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the WEP in order to help new students in their transition from high school to university life. Upperclasspersons write to the incoming "Little Sisters" during the summer, meet them in the fall and act as a resource and friend as they adjust to UMass and engineering.
Key Words: Women in Engineering, support, advise
- Women in Engineering Summer Internships Program: This is a 10 week research position that offers undergraduate women engineers at UMass a chance to experience what research life as a graduate student might be like. This program is specifically designed to encourage women in engineering to pursue higher degrees than a Bachelor of Science. In addition to the research component of the internship, there is also a weekly educational seminar. Topics include the research environment, working with other graduate students, the professor's management and communication style, career goals, the climate for female students in the college and in industry, issues of sexism and discrimination, and male peer support. Particularly helpful to the interns were the sessions to which female graduate students and female faculty members were invited to speak on their experiences.
Key Words: Women in engineering, retention, support, communication, Summer Program for college students Minority Engineering Program
Contact: Melba Martinez (MEP Director) 545-2030
- Curricular Initiative - Minority Engineering Freshmen Seminar: Engin 196B: This new freshmen seminar is a one-credit comprehensive course to assist incoming minority engineering students in making a smooth transition to college from high school. Time management and career planning are among the topics covered in the course. This course also helps participants explore career opportunities in the various fields of engineering.
Key Words: Curricular Initiative, minorities in engineering
Contact: Melba Martinez (Director of Minorities in Engineering Program 545-2030
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