Date

2019 12:00 AM

Major

Chemical Engineering

Department

Chemical and Biological Engineering

College

Engineering

Project Advisor

Jennifer Heinen

Description

In the past few decades, an increasing number of women have been entering the STEM field, specifically engineering. However, studies have shown that after entering the work force, many women tend to leave and pursue a different path. The aim for this research was to have women in engineering at Iowa State rate their learning experience and their sense of inclusiveness in the engineering field. Current women engineering students were asked to take a survey regarding their opinion on their personal Iowa State engineering experience. The data was collected and analyzed to access the satisfaction of the engineering departments at Iowa State. Results show that most students are excited to pursue a career in engineering and feel included within the engineering departments. However, an aspect that seemed to be lacking in the engineering departments was hands-on learning experience. To further research, the retention of women in engineering interviews were conducted to see where improvements could be made within the departments. Overall, women are satisfied at Iowa State with the engineering curriculum, but various aspects can be explored to try to improve student experiences and their readiness for the engineering industry.

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Increasing Retention of Females in Stem Careers

In the past few decades, an increasing number of women have been entering the STEM field, specifically engineering. However, studies have shown that after entering the work force, many women tend to leave and pursue a different path. The aim for this research was to have women in engineering at Iowa State rate their learning experience and their sense of inclusiveness in the engineering field. Current women engineering students were asked to take a survey regarding their opinion on their personal Iowa State engineering experience. The data was collected and analyzed to access the satisfaction of the engineering departments at Iowa State. Results show that most students are excited to pursue a career in engineering and feel included within the engineering departments. However, an aspect that seemed to be lacking in the engineering departments was hands-on learning experience. To further research, the retention of women in engineering interviews were conducted to see where improvements could be made within the departments. Overall, women are satisfied at Iowa State with the engineering curriculum, but various aspects can be explored to try to improve student experiences and their readiness for the engineering industry.