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Women in Computer Science: The Carnegie Mellon The environment for women in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University has been
 

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Women in Computer Science: The Carnegie Mellon
Experience
The environment for women in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University has been
undergoing extensive changes over the past year. We've had a dramatic increase in the
numbers of women entering the undergraduate program, efforts to foster a more cohesive
community for graduate women, and a pledge of long-term institutional support. How did
this come to be, and what are we doing to help ensure successful experiences for women
in computer science at CMU?
We propose a panel in which we will present 1} the background research and outreach
efforts of our colleagues at CMU, 2} our current activities to help create a community of
women with the goal of enhancing the educational and social experiences of both
graduate and undergraduate students, 3} ongoing research and evaluation results and their
implications for CMU and other educational institutions, and 4} the students' own
perspectives.
After a brief overview, the panel will begin with a presentation of the background
research conducted during the four years, 1995-99. The heart of the research was
hundreds of interviews with CMU students about their history (both at school and home)
with computing, experiences in the undergraduate program, their interests in computing,
their attachments and detachments. The research was done by an interdisciplinary team,

  

Source: Andrews, Peter B. - Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

 

Collections: Mathematics