Women in Engineering Program
In the past twenty years there have been major changes in girls' science, math, engineering and technology (SMET) achievement and course taking. There are now minimal differences in girls and boys "average" science and math scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests. Girls are now taking the upper level math and science courses needed to enter engineering in about the same numbers as boys, with over 40% of high school physics and calculus students being girls. Yet, while the ability is there, as is the basic academic background needed to continue on in engineering, for a number of individual and societal reasons, young women are not continuing on in engineering. Indeed, among students taking the SAT, over three-quarters of those wanting to major in engineering and computer science are boys and the percent of women majoring in engineering hovers around 20%. There is an existing knowledge base that can and should be used to address this issue, however much is left to be learned. While work needs to be done to help more young women to become interested in engineering as a career, work also needs to be done to keep young women in engineering through college and beyond.
It is in this context that the Foundation is interested in funding programs in the following areas:
Proposals should include how the program would contribute to the knowledge base of what works and what doesn't in increasing the numbers of women in engineering.
In addition to general information HERE, the proposal should include the following components: