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COVID-19 Research

In June 2020, SWE surveyed its members to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic was impacting their college and career plans. Most survey respondents were U.S.-based. In October 2020, a second survey was sent to SWE members in India to determine how the pandemic was affecting women engineers and engineering students in that country. Read about…

Minority-Serving Institutions

Minority-serving institutions, or MSIs, are an important part of higher education in the United States, graduating thousands of students who have historically been marginalized in our society. MSIs include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). MSIs are predominately located in the western, southern, and eastern areas…

Diversifying STEM: Student Success and Community College Transfer in Engineering and Computer Science

Community college students are often excluded from conversations surrounding broadening participation in STEM, particularly in the fields of engineering and computer science (ECS). The Society of Women Engineers is conducting a phased research study of ECS transfer students to understand the success of women and minority students on this pathway towards a baccalaureate degree. The…

Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty Levels

Female tenure/tenure-track faculty are not as well-represented at the highest levels of tenure when compared to their male counterparts.

Degree Attainment

Fewer engineering and computer/information sciences bachelor’s degrees are awarded to women as compared to men. Overall, interest in these fields has grown, with more than 220,000 bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer/ information sciences awarded in the 2017-2018 academic year. Although in the past the percentage of females earning degrees has…

Undergraduate Attrition

A study in 2013 found that though more females than males that major in STEM in college graduate with a STEM degree, over 30% of females are switching out of STEM to pursue a non-STEM degree and over 14% are leaving without a degree. Additional Resources American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) SEA…