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Why few women major in STEM fields, and what the UO is doing to change that

One look at data compiled by the UO’s Office of Institutional Research from fall 2013, says it all: 34.2 percent of undergraduates majoring in mathematics are female, while 42.8 percent of chemistry majors are. Females make up 20.9 percent of physics majors, while computer science undergraduates have the lowest percentage with an unsettling 14.1 percent.

[ via Daily Emerald ]

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Revamped computer science classes attracting more girls

Berkeley, Stanford and a handful of other universities have experienced a marked uptick in the numbers of female computer science students. Those increases have also coincided with a reimagining of computer science classes, especially introductory ones. In some cases, that meant doing away with aspects of classes that seemed to specifically discourage young women.

[ via San Francisco Chronicle ]

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UNC women to share a love of physics through Women in Physics club

The group holds weekly meetings on Thursdayswhere female physics students discuss their homework questions, listen to guest speaker lectures and eat dinner together. Sheila Kannappan, a female professor in the department of physics and astronomy, said the group provides a supportive environment for women to successfully finish their degree requirements and go further in the field.

[ via The Daily Tar Heel ]

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Wanted: Women who want a college degree in a STEM field

At Columbia University, the Women in Computer Science (WiCS) organization hosts campus speakers who talk about what it’s like being a women in a top tech position. They also run a graduate-undergraduate mentorship program to aid underclassmen women in anything from study methods to applying for jobs.

[ via USA Today ]

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Why First-Year STEM Girls Attend Women’s Colleges

Smith College is unique because it is an all-women’s liberal arts school that also has an engineering major… I had several reasons for choosing Smith College. One was the STRIDE program Smith has, which allows freshmen and sophomores to work on a research project with a professor as part of a work-study program. I know that will be an amazing opportunity for me.

[ via The Huffington Post ]

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‘Stemming the tide’ of women leaving chemistry

Recent studies have shown that there are still hurdles that women have to overcome, but successful departments have felt the benefit of mentoring and creating a supportive environment. More still needs to be done to help fix the leaky pipeline – and some of the problems, such as wider societal perceptions and expectations, are bigger than the departments they affect. However, by continual monitoring and increased awareness, the proportion of female senior scientists should improve.

[ via Chemistry World ]

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Applications open for Univ. of Florida program empowering women in tech startups

The free nine-week experiential learning program addresses the lack of female leadership in technology-based businesses by empowering women to develop entrepreneurial skills and learn about technology commercialization. Less than 10 percent of venture-backed startups nationwide are headed by women. However, statistics show venture-funded companies led by women generated significantly greater return on investment and had a higher percentage of initial public offerings.

[ via University of Florida ]