Several national organizations exist to promote women in engineering and computer science. They can be wonderful resources for growing your network of women in engineering. Become familiar with them and make an effort to become involved with one or more of them.
Additional helpful resources, as well as scholarships and other opportunities, are also included below.
External Organizations of Interest
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), founded in 1971, is the leading organization that advocates on behalf of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. AWIS is dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. AWIS has helped guide Congress, the United Nations, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, institutions and other professional organizations on decisions and best practices to achieve gender diversity and positive system transformation in STEM. AWIS is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies and supporters worldwide.
CRA-W, established in 1991, strives to ensure that its activities have a positive impact on all underrepresented groups in CSE. It is committed to improving the working environment and increasing the success of all computer scientists and engineers, without regard for gender, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background. Its programs, people, and materials provide mentoring and support for women at every level of the research pipeline: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and industry and government researchers.
AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, AAUW women have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Department of Defense (DoD) STEM Scholarship - https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart. Provides full tuition with book and medical insurance; pays stipends that range from $25,000 to $38,000 (depending on degree level); provides Summer internships (without pay); and helps place you in a government job at graduation.
To be eligible, you must be:
- A citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application
- 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2022
- Requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date)
- Able to complete at least one summer internship (multi-year scholars only)
- Willing to accept post-graduation employment with the DoD
- A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree:
- Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer and Computational Sciences and Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Operations Research
Additional Helpful External Resources
- Dr, Cynthia Lee, Stanford University - A Collection of Resources on Race, Gender and Diversity
- Purdue Global University - Resources for Women in Technology
- Money Geek, Encouraging Women in STEM Encouraging Women in STEM: Resources, Scholarships, and Expert Advice for Support
- Money Geek: Paying for College Resources for Funding a College Education
- Money Geek: Engineering Careers Career Possibilities in Engineering
- Money Geek: Computer Science Careers Careers in Computer Science
- Maryville University - Women in STEM Guide to Briding the Gender Gap
- Pathways to Science - Find Summer research programs and funded STEM graduate programs
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