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Women@ CENS: A Research System

  • Author(s): June Chang
  • Linda Sax
  • Karen Kim
  • Deborah Estrin
  • Christine Borgman
  • et al.
Abstract

Although we have seen progress over the last few decades, women still lag far behind their male counterparts, especially at the doctoral level, in the fields of engineering and computer science. In an attempt to counteract women’�¡�Çs persistent under-representation, pre-college and college experiences have been the focus of both intervention and research endeavors. Despite such efforts, there is one crucial educational component of a woman’�¡�Çs undergraduate experience that remains somewhat of a mystery: the undergraduate research experience. The goals of the project are to:- Identify best practices and strategies inherent in successful undergraduate research programs- Develop a demonstration model of an undergraduate research program that can be shared- Promote women’�¡�Çs long-term commitment to science and engineering.

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