Managing barriers and building supports in science and engineering doctoral programs: Conceptual underpinnings for a new online training program for women

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Abstract

This article describes an online psychological education program for women in science and engineering doctoral programs. Career WISE offers resilience training to strengthen women's personal and interpersonal skills for overcoming discouragers and barriers in STEM fields, and expanding supports to fulfill personal and professional ambitions. Career WISE is built on a foundation of theory and research on psychological processes, environmental contexts, and behaviors that contribute to how women experience their work and decide on academic and career paths. Research questions ask whether strengthened personal and interpersonal skills serve as protective resources for facing potential barriers in chosen fields of study, mitigate discouragement, and improve persistence. The foundations for the program, the design elements, program components, current status, and future directions are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-50
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2011

Keywords

  • Doctoral students
  • Engineering
  • Persistence
  • Resilience
  • Science
  • Training
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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