ERIC Number: ED398814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching and Research Fellowship Programs: Encouraging Undergraduate Women To Explore Careers in Academia.
Goldberg, Julie L.; Sedlacek, William E.
This paper summarizes the initiatives taken by the Women in Engineering Program at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. Two programs are described - the Research Fellows Program and the Teaching Fellows Program. Both are designed to expose women undergraduate students in engineering to the challenges and rewards of engineering careers in academia. The paper examines the structure and implementation of both programs. The research program outline includes a description of the application and selection process; orientation; research activities; students' experiences of working with faculty and graduate students; "Research Forum Celebration"; and focus groups. Overall, the fellows reported that their confidence in their skills and interest in engineering had increased. A total of 90 percent of the students agreed that their experience as a fellow had helped them. The Teaching Fellows Program was designed to provide undergraduate female engineering students an opportunity to assist a faculty member in teaching a lower level engineering course. The fellows participated in a wide range of teaching activities, such as presenting lectures, grading homework, holding office hours, referring students to other university resources, facilitating small group discussions, and tutoring and mentoring students. This program can help mitigate the lack of female role models in the engineering classroom.(CK)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Change Agents, College Instruction, College Students, Engineering, Engineering Education, Fellowships, Females, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Mentors, Role Models, Student Financial Aid, Student Motivation, Student Reaction, Student Research, Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Study
Counseling Center, University of Maryland at College Park, MD 20742.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.