Engineering Her Future
By: Tiffany Ventura Thiele, UConn Foundation
UConn’s School of Engineering sets the national standard for closing the gender gap.
Women make up 24.3 percent of UConn’s engineering graduates–tops among public institutions nationally.
How does UConn do it? It’s all about programs and outreach for aspiring female engineers, some of which starts well before college. These include:
-Multiply Your Options, an all-day conference for eighth grade girls
-A five-week intensive summer program called BRIDGE that prepares underrepresented freshmen students for the engineering curriculum.
-An active chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, which helps support students’ professional interests, and,
-A female-focused Living and Learning Community called WiMSE (Women in Math, Science and Engineering), a residential experience for female STEM majors at the Peter J. Werth Residence Tower.
“Alumni and philanthropic support is a critical piece,” Burkey said. “By providing scholarships and other financial incentives and making it easier for underrepresented students to choose UConn, we increase our success at getting and retaining those students here.”
Burkey’s advice to young women is to pursue their passion and find a mentor or other female STEM role model. We found three who shared their stories.
Click here to read more on the UConn Foundation website.