Purdue to help draw women to STEM disciplines

Purdue is launching a national model program to increase the number and diversity of women faculty members in the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—as well as agriculture.

A National Science Foundation grant of more than $3.92 million will support the research and programming for “institutional transformation” and create the Purdue Center for Faculty Success. The center will provide targeted research, programs, and university-level coordination to not only attract more women but also to help them succeed. What is learned will be shared with other institutions across the nation. Alice Pawley, assistant professor of engineering education, is a researcher in the project.

“This effort will provide the role models to encourage more young women to enter these fields and succeed. It is essential that more of our domestic students prepare for and enter STEM disciplines and agriculture. These fields are key to global competitiveness,” says Purdue President France A. Córdova.

-Clyde Hughes