Supporting Graduate Women in Engineering: The Approach and Findings of a Year-Long Program at UIUC

Aadhy Parthasarathy, Rupal Nigam, Aanchal Gupta, Tove Elisabeth Kopperstad, Ani Pirosmanishvili, Theresa Ann Saxton-Fox

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This paper summarizes the approach and findings of a targeted, year-long orientation program in the first year of graduate school for minority genders in engineering, implemented in the Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 academic year. The program aimed to enhance the first-year graduate experience of gender minorities in engineering through several interventions: professional networking, community building, advice for finding financial support, supporting the undergraduate-to-graduate transition, and sharing strategies for navigating academia. The program achieved these interventions through a series of events and measured their impact through surveys. Findings from the programmatic effort and lessons learned are provided in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jun 25 2023
Event2023 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - The Harbor of Engineering: Education for 130 Years, ASEE 2023 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2023Jun 28 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering

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