Programs

Provide mentoring programs

Access to role models and mentors influences successful professional development. Young adults identify with successful female role models whose presence allows them to think: “If she can be successful, so can I” and “I want to be like her.” Typically, however, female college students encounter few same-sex role models who are faculty in engineering and technical departments. ST members (especially full professors in physical sciences and engineering) are four times more likely to be men than women. However, when Engineering professors are female, their presence in classrooms has clear benefits for female students. For example, one study found female students enrolled in college courses in calculus taught by female faculty (compared with male faculty) felt more confident about their math ability and viewed mathematics as central to their sense of self, which in turn increased their intentions to pursue engineering careers. Role models also serve as mentors who guide professional development, champion students’ work, and broaden their professional network. A dearth of role models means undergraduate women are less likely to learn how to navigate the path from their first year in college to engineering careers, which involves the development of social capital necessary to persist in engineering and technical jobs.  

With the organization will be able to engage seniors engineers to mentor the expecting and those who are schooling.