Campus Action Project 2009-10
Using the CAP grant funding, students will put into action the recommendations from AAUW’s 2010 research report, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to address the following:
- Literacy and Awareness. Programs designed to raise awareness and increase understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and careers.
- Mentoring. Programs that facilitate relationships between students or students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
- Campus Department Culture. Initiatives that will improve the culture in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics departments on campus.
Special thanks to the Mary Ann Ahrens-Iowa Giving Circle for providing substantial financial support for the 2009-10 Campus Action Project teams.
Meet the 2009-10 CAP Teams
California University of Pennsylvania
CSI: California, PA, Engaging and Inspiring Girls to Explore Their World
The AAUW Campus Action Project team at the California University of Pennsylvania used a two-tier mentoring model to facilitate mentoring relationships between current science, technology, engineering, and math undergraduate students and female faculty and between current science, technology, engineering, and mathematics undergraduate students and local middle school girls.
Opportunities in STEM Fields and the Opportunities Clinic Program
The AAUW CAP team at the Claremont Colleges designed a mentoring program between college and high school female students who planned, designed, and created a community garden. The clinic project culminated in a capstone events.
Dakota State University
Women in Science and Technology
Through four workshops, a Design Challenge, and Career Day, the Dakota State University (SD) AAUW CAP team increased awareness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics among K–12 and college students and provided networking and leadership opportunities for college students in these fields.
Massasoit Community College
Beyond Health Care: Moving Women into Nontraditional STEM Careers
Through a roving poster, pamphlets, and an event day, the Massasoit Community College CAP team raised the awareness of hundreds of students who did not get accepted into a nursing program about alternative career options.
University of Mississippi-Oxford
Roundtable Mentoring and Student Retention: What Women Need to Know to Survive and Succeed in STEM Careers
Through a series of roundtable dinners, the AAUW CAP team at the University of Mississippi-Oxford worked to improve retention of female students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.
North Carolina Central Universit
Women Inspiring Learning (Momentum)
The AAUW CAP team at North Carolina Central University exposed middle school girls to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and careers through an extended mentoring program across six Saturdays in the spring.
Rochester Institute of Technology
EMPOWER: Engineering Technology Mentoring and Professional Skills Workshops for Enhanced Retention
The AAUW CAP team at at Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) implemented an EMPOWER program, a series of workshops for 50 female engineering technology students.
The University of Alabama, Huntsville
Strengthening the Chain: Using Women’s Social Networks to Encourage Nontraditional Students in Engineering
The University of Alabama, Huntsville, AAUW CAP team focused on recruiting and retaining nontraditional women engineering students through monthly seminars.
The University of California, Davis
WISTEM for Girls
The University of California, Davis, AAUW CAP team held a series of events focused on demystifying computers and electronic devices for 10- to 13-year-old girls across several Saturday sessions.
The University of Guam
Portrait of a Scientist as a Young Woman
The University of Guam AAUW CAP team created a 45 minute film and hosted a poster contest about the obstacles women in Guam face when they choose to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
Mississippi University for Women-Columbus
The AAUW CAP team at Mississippi University for Women-Columbus taught science, technology, engineering, and mathematics lessons to three local fifth grade classes during the spring semester.
The University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee Campus
Girls STEM Summit
The University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee Campus AAUW CAP team hosted 160 girls in grades five through nine on campus for a day-long science, technology, engineering, and mathematics summit.