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Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
 

Summary: Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition
Copyright 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
Making a Difference on $10 a Day: Creating a "Women in CSE"
Seminar Linked to CS1
Crystal Eney, Crystal Hoyer
University of Washington, Microsoft Corporation
Abstract
Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs across the country are increasingly
concerned about the lack of women pursuing computer-related fields. To address this issue, we
created a one credit seminar focused on the recruitment and retention of women in technology.
The seminar targeted undergraduate women who were co-enrolled in introductory programming
at a four year research institution. For approximately $500 per quarter, a staff member and an
undergraduate teaching assistant ran the Women in Computer Science and Engineering WICSE)
seminar. The syllabus was shaped by the instructors' personal experiences, and research studies
on gender disparity in computer science and engineering. Throughout the quarter we brought in
guest speakers, visited research projects, and held discussions. Our activities concentrated on
fostering a sense of community, encouraging a wider and more accurate view of computer
engineering, and offering a safe environment for discussion and debate. At the end of each
quarter we surveyed the students and found that they had uniformly positive reactions to the
seminar. The women felt more comfortable in their programming course and became excited

  

Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences