We have matched up the volunteer student ambassadors and their mentors for the #IAmAWomanInSTEM intiative – and have scheduled our February Meet-and-Greet for everyone to network in a relaxed atmosphere and learn from guest speaker on the latest issues and research in gender and STEM.
This week we celebrated the first of the in-class meetings of our UK300 course, “Leadership and Service-Learning in the IAmAWomanInSTEM Initiative.” Seven small groups of some of the student ambassadors met with their course co-facilitators: faculty and postdocs in STEM here at UK. These fabulous volunteer instructors include:
- Ellen Crocker, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Scholar, Forestry, College of Agriculture, Food & Environment)
- Kate Eddens, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Health Behavior, College of Public Health)
- Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, STEM Ed, College of Education)
- Madushi Raththagala, Ph.D. (Scientist II, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, College of Medicine)
- Brittany Rice (Graduate Research Assistant at EKU, participant in UK’s Bridge to Biomedical Doctorate Program, College of Medicine)
- Thushani Rodrigo-Peiris, Ph.D. (Research Analyst, Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine)
Other women in STEM here at UK have also generously agreed to present on topics critical for the students to understand in order to carry out their service projects: Dr. Judy Goldsmith (Computer Science, College of Engineering) and Dr. Diane Snow (Anatomy and Neurobiology, College of Medicine). Here are the main topics that will be studied this spring under the guidance of these scholars:
- Women in science – Dr. Margaret Mohr-Schroeder
- Feeling like a fraud? Imposter syndrome and the confidence gap – Dr. Ellen Crocker
- Building the IAmAWomanInSTEM brand; and, Gendered communication and negotiation strategies – Dr. Kate Eddens
- Issues in STEM Undergraduate Education and Potential Actions for Women; and, Women and STEM Leadership – Dr. Thushani Rodrigo-Peiris
- Tips for study/work‐life balance for women in STEM – Dr. Madushi Raththagala
- Mentoring students in computer science; and, Computer Engineering Barbie – Dr. Judy Goldsmith
- Women of Color and Bias in STEM – Brittany Rice
- Where did all the women go? – Dr. Diane Snow
The Core Learning Target/Outcomes of the course are very ambitious. By the end of this 2 credit hour class, students will…
- demonstrate knowledge and application of theory and models of multimodal communication needed to reach different audiences in STEM-related communities.
- express student leadership characteristics by addressing difficult problems inherent to gender discrimination, stereotype threat and overt misogyny in STEM fields, locally and globally.
- gain new knowledge on research and trends in diverse STEM fields from scholarly literature as well as in the field with their IAmAWomanInSTEM mentors.
- articulate effectively to a general audience the different kinds of approaches to scientific inquiry, experimentation methods, data analysis and scientific communication in various STEM-related disciplines and careers – and why it is important to have diversity not only in the disciplines addressing a real world issue but also in the gender representations of those who are addressing and solving that issue.
- recognize their own cultural and personal perspectives, abilities, and limitations which influence their successful engagement in intercultural encounters when addressing the different motivations for accomplishing a STEM degree goal.
- demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of STEM academic and career paths, what it takes to be successful and how to pursue an academic and career path in STEM successfully in a local or global context.
Check out the great contributions started up already by the #IAmAWomanInSTEM student ambassadors – here’s just a few publications that have launched this week:
- a blog – women in STEM do exist!
- a bi-weekly podcast by a cool drummer who is now a STEM major:
Wondering why all this matters? The American Association of University Women (AAUW) have recently published a report on this topic – specifically looking at inequities in computer sciences and engineering. You can watch their video and download the report on the AAUW’s website (http://www.aauw.org/research/solving-the-equation/).
See also this related post: https://bluegrassblade.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/iamawomaninstem/