Work in progress - Using case studies to Increase the retention of female doctoral students in STEM Fields

Jennifer Bekki, Bianca Bernstein, Karin Ellison, Arati Sridharan, Liza Hita, Quinn Spadola

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

This paper discusses part of the NSF funded project, CareerWISE: Internet-Delivered Resilience Training to Increase the Persistence of Women Ph.D. Students in STEM Fields. Research shows that rates of doctoral student attrition (i.e., beginning and then not completing a doctoral degree program) are substantially higher for women than for men, including in the physical sciences and engineering. The CareerWISE project addresses this problem through the development of a web-based resource consisting of training materials that will build the resilience skills, problem solving skills, and persistence of women in science and engineering PhD programs. CareerWISE is currently in the second of three years, and this paper focuses primarily on the portion of the project involving written case studies. The differences between the types of case studies traditionally used in science and engineering courses and the CareerWISE case studies are discussed, along with the plans for evaluating and integrating the cases with the other pieces of the CareerWISIL project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Event38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2008 - Saratoga Springs, NY, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2008Oct 25 2008

Other

Other38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2008
CountryUnited States
CitySaratoga Springs, NY
Period10/22/0810/25/08

Keywords

  • Case studies
  • Doctoral student retention
  • Women in science and engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software
  • Education

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