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UMD's Women in Engineering Program Featured in NerdScholar
The Clark School's Women in Engineering (WIE) Program at the University of Maryland has been featured as one of NerdScholar’s Favorite Women in Engineering Programs, a list of programs that provide unique resources and opportunities for female engineers.
According to NerdScholar, men earn the overwhelming majority of degrees in engineering (82 percent) from the top 50 academic institutions that award them. Furthermore, total enrollment of women in engineering programs dropped from 19.8 percent in 1999 to 17.9 percent in 2009. Its list of women in engineering programs features schools that are tackling this problem head on and can serve as inspiration for other programs hoping to close the gender gap.
WIE’s efforts, along with the University of Maryland’s push for diversity and inclusion, have resulted in a steady increase in the enrollment of female engineers over the past decade. As of fall 2013, 29.4 percent of UMD’s first-year engineering students are women, placing them well above the national average.
UMD's Women in Engineering program was established in January 1995 through a grant from the Sloan Foundation. They are actively involved in the recruitment of women to the Clark School and hold an annual DREAM Conference designed to show high school students the innovations and opportunities engineering has to offer. WIE offers scholarships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities. Students are also able to participate in a living-learning community, which allows them to live and connect with each other in a setting conducive to study groups, networking, and social activities.
To learn more about the Clark School's Women in Engineering program, please visit http://www.wie.umd.edu.
November 22, 2013