Women in CS: Past,  Present and Future Challenges A panel discussion with Rhode Island College Female  Computer Scientists...
Women in CS: Books over the years 1995 2002 1998 2008
Women in Computing - Articles CACM: Jan 1995 Feb. 2009 Women  in  Computing  take 2
Women in Computing - Articles ACM SIGCSE Bulletin  Volume 34 ,  Issue 2   (June 2002)  Women and Computing     Cited by 71
Our Challenge: How to Increase Enrollment in CS CS Bachelors Degrees: 1966-2006 Source: NSF  (Data not available for 1999)
Panel Overview <ul><li>Panelists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ann Moskol – Professor (CS, Math, Math Ed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
 
Rhode Island College: The widening gap between female and male CS majors
Percent of Females in CS is decreasing while other fields are increasing
“ What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?”    by RANDALL STROSS  Published: November 15, 2008
http://www.cra.org/info/education/us/women.html
Many females embraced CS in the “Early” Days of Computers  &quot;U.S. Army Photo&quot;, number 163-12-62.
Two women wiring the right side of the ENIAC with a new program, in the &quot;pre-von Neumann&quot; days. &quot; U.S. Army...
<ul><ul><li>Summer Programs for Females in CS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study and Support Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
 
Suzanne Ronayne:  Challenges and Successes <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Breaking into a new field with no expe...
Suzanne Ronayne:  Challenges and Successes <ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good grounding in logical thinking from...
 
Summary: Retaining CS Students <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weak math background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lo...
Summary: Enrollment in CS <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decreased curiosity of this no more “new” field </li><...
Good News – Bad News <ul><li>CRA Taulbee Report </li></ul><ul><li>Total enrollment per department by majors and pre-majors...
 
Outdated Stereotypes
Science / Technology Toys
Teenager, Encouraging Mentors
Lack of Female Peers
Research for Undergraduates
Women in Tech
Points to Remember <ul><ul><li>Mentor/teach/encourage young girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth workshops (K-12) </li><...
Thank you! <ul><li>For slides and conclusions from this panel please visit: </li></ul><ul><li>www.saraolive.com/women.html...
Questions <ul><li>Why is the issue of “women in CS” important? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the challenges? </li></ul><ul><l...
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Women in Computing

  1. 1. Women in CS: Past, Present and Future Challenges A panel discussion with Rhode Island College Female Computer Scientists Sara Czyzewicz, Ann Moskol, Suzanne Ronayne and Namita Sarawagi
  2. 2. Women in CS: Books over the years 1995 2002 1998 2008
  3. 3. Women in Computing - Articles CACM: Jan 1995 Feb. 2009 Women in Computing take 2
  4. 4. Women in Computing - Articles ACM SIGCSE Bulletin Volume 34 ,  Issue 2   (June 2002) Women and Computing     Cited by 71
  5. 5. Our Challenge: How to Increase Enrollment in CS CS Bachelors Degrees: 1966-2006 Source: NSF (Data not available for 1999)
  6. 6. Panel Overview <ul><li>Panelists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ann Moskol – Professor (CS, Math, Math Ed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Namita Sarawagi – Asst. Prof (“non-traditional”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suzanne Ronayne – current CS Major (“non-traditional”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sara Czyzewicz - alumna: BA in CS in 2005 – founder of DandyID.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Personal Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Past, Present and Future </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspiring Women in CS from our own experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From the Audience </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Rhode Island College: The widening gap between female and male CS majors
  8. 9. Percent of Females in CS is decreasing while other fields are increasing
  9. 10. “ What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?” by RANDALL STROSS Published: November 15, 2008
  10. 11. http://www.cra.org/info/education/us/women.html
  11. 12. Many females embraced CS in the “Early” Days of Computers &quot;U.S. Army Photo&quot;, number 163-12-62.
  12. 13. Two women wiring the right side of the ENIAC with a new program, in the &quot;pre-von Neumann&quot; days. &quot; U.S. Army Photo&quot; from the archives of the ARL Technical Library
  13. 14. <ul><ul><li>Summer Programs for Females in CS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study and Support Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redesign Introductory Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CS Education with K-12 Teachers & Students </li></ul></ul>Suggestions for Increasing Women in CS
  14. 16. Suzanne Ronayne: Challenges and Successes <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Breaking into a new field with no experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The “secretarial trap” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Competing with men for entry-level jobs </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. Suzanne Ronayne: Challenges and Successes <ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good grounding in logical thinking from Jr. High (geometric proofs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Independence, spirit of adventure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some knowledge of programming gained from earlier college career </li></ul></ul>
  16. 19. Summary: Retaining CS Students <ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weak math background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low attention span </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low enrollment in major </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-Design Introduction to CS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-programming courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tech-savvy new generation applications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Double majors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary courses </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 20. Summary: Enrollment in CS <ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decreased curiosity of this no more “new” field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of Technology and CS courses in secondary education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of awareness of CS as a career for girls at high-school level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Myths and misconceptions (CS male only domain) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solutions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased focus on STEM in secondary schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enroll girls in summer computer programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty of university CS departments work with local middle/high schools </li></ul></ul>
  18. 21. Good News – Bad News <ul><li>CRA Taulbee Report </li></ul><ul><li>Total enrollment per department by majors and pre-majors in U.S. computer science programs is up 6.2 percent over last year. </li></ul><ul><li>This is the first increase in total enrollment in computer science programs in six years. </li></ul><ul><li>The fraction of Bachelor’s degrees awarded to women held steady at 11.8 percent this year. </li></ul>
  19. 23. Outdated Stereotypes
  20. 24. Science / Technology Toys
  21. 25. Teenager, Encouraging Mentors
  22. 26. Lack of Female Peers
  23. 27. Research for Undergraduates
  24. 28. Women in Tech
  25. 29. Points to Remember <ul><ul><li>Mentor/teach/encourage young girls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth workshops (K-12) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate the “cool” of computing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce Research Early On </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ New Media” Courses and Workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interdisciplinary Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spread the word! Women In Tech Reach-out </li></ul></ul>
  26. 30. Thank you! <ul><li>For slides and conclusions from this panel please visit: </li></ul><ul><li>www.saraolive.com/women.html </li></ul><ul><li>See you at our Round-table! </li></ul><ul><li>QUESTIONS? </li></ul>
  27. 31. Questions <ul><li>Why is the issue of “women in CS” important? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the challenges? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we overcome these challenges? </li></ul>

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