The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received a $46,195 travel grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) (NSF #1659313) that will allow 10 high school girls from underrepresented backgrounds to experience the world of engineering at SWE’s Annual Conference, WE16. The funded program, called “Broadening Participation Among Underrepresented Female Students in Engineering” aims to increase participation in engineering and technology among girls from diverse backgrounds, especially those who are of African American, Native American, and Hispanic heritage.
"There is a need to increase the talent pipeline for job growth within the engineering sector," said Karen Horting, CEO and executive director at SWE. "Preparing women from diverse backgrounds to pursue education in engineering will increase the number of capable workers in this sector and positively contribute to the nation’s economy and talent availability. Donations like this one from NSF will make it possible for us to launch more programs like this and expose more girls to engineering.”
The girls who will receive the travel grant will join more than 9,000 women engineers in Philadelphia Oct. 27-29 for the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering. They will be exposed to more than 300 educational sessions and 300 career fair exhibitors, including leading universities. They will also have the opportunity to participate in Invent it. Build it., where they will talk to women engineers about what it’s like to be an engineer and participate in engineering activities.
The long-term objective of the program is to increase the pathway of girls both entering collegiate programs and majoring in engineering by introducing them to resources that will provide life-long support for their achievement in the profession of engineering.
For more information about the Society of Women Engineers, visit www.swe.org.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information about the Society, please visit www.swe.org or call 312.596.5223.