For some women, enrolling in an engineering course is like running a psychological gauntlet. If they dodge overt problems like sexual harassment, sexist jokes, or poor treatment from professors, they often still have to evade subtler obstacles like the implicit tendency to see engineering as a male discipline. It’s no wonder women in the U.S. hold just 13 to 22 percent of the doctorates in engineering, compared to an already-low 33 percent in the sciences as a whole.
Meet your heroes There will be titanic figures in the literature. Try to meet them and just accept that they can look smaller in real life. Most academic disciplines feature a few celebrities. These legendary figures are invited to give keynote addresses and seminars. Find a way to find them but don’t ask them to […]
To improve retention and help diversify the future professoriate, some colleges embrace formal mentoring programs
Universities can improve their PhD completion rates by using metrics to assess the performance of supervisors, a conference has heard. Richard Russell, a former pro vice-chancellor for research operations at the University of Adelaide, told the Third International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training that, while everyone knew academics who “should never have […]