Navigation Links
Clemson researcher receives grant to study engineering enrollment of women, minorities
Date:3/12/2010

CLEMSON, S.C. Clemson University assistant professor of engineering and science education Julie Martin Trenor has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to study social factors that influence under-represented students' decisions to enter engineering fields.

Trenor will use the $415,430 grant to apply the theory of social capital to better understand undergraduate engineering students' academic and career choices related to engineering. Social capital is defined as resources gained from relationships, which can help them achieve goals that they might not be able to reach on their own. For example, a professor might put in a good word for a student to obtain an internship.

Trenor plans to develop a conceptual model for understanding how engineering undergraduates develop, access and activate social capital in making education and career-related decisions based on data collected at six institutions. In particular, she intends to determine if under-represented students, such as women, minorities and first-generation college students, use different mechanisms to access social capital. The educational component of the grant involves providing research-to-practice training for university engineering outreach, recruitment and retention practitioners using webinars and workshops.

Despite efforts in recent years to increase the number of women and minorities in engineering, female enrollment has remained virtually stagnant for 25 years, while African American and Hispanic enrollment has increased modestly. The field of engineering has been compared to a "closed club," which may create barriers for first-generation college students' entry, Trenor said.

"I am committed to increasing participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities and first-generation college students in undergraduate engineering majors," Trenor said. "I know this award will be a major impetus in helping me achieve my career vision, which is to be a national catalyst for change in increasing the diversity of students in engineering."

Trenor joined the Clemson faculty in 2008 after serving as the director of undergraduate engineering student recruitment and retention at the University of Houston. She is the president of the national not-for-profit organization Women in Engineering ProActive Network. Trenor holds degrees in materials science and engineering from North Carolina State and Virginia Tech universities.


'/>"/>

Contact: Julie Trenor
jtrenor@clemson.edu
864-656-4321
Clemson University
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Clemson researchers receive EPA grant to study carbon emission storage
2. Clemson researchers say algae key to mass extinctionss
3. National Institutes of Health award Clemson $9.3 million for tissue regeneration center
4. Clemson bioengineer uses nanoparticles to target drugs
5. Clemson researchers study energy savings with electric cars and IntelliDrive technology
6. Clemson research nets $2 million from NSF to mimic natures probes
7. Clemson and collaborators receive $1.1 million to improve durability of concrete infrastructure
8. Clemson chemists present revolutionary teaching concepts
9. Clemson physicist Apparao Rao named Fellow of the American Physical Society
10. Clemson researchers advance nano-scale electromechanical sensors
11. US Senate confirms Clemson University engineering Dean Esin Gulari to National Science Board
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/16/2017)... TEANECK, N.J. , May 16, 2017  Veratad ... leading provider of online age and identity verification solutions, ... the K(NO)W Identity Conference 2017, May 15 thru May ... Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. ... across the globe and in today,s quickly evolving digital ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... 24, 2017 Janice Kephart , ... Identity Strategy Partners, LLP (IdSP) , today issues ... President Trump,s March 6, 2017 Executive Order: ... vetting can be instilled with greater confidence, enabling ... all refugee applications are suspended by until at ...
(Date:4/17/2017)... -- NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" or ... 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K on Thursday April 13, 2017 ... ... Investor Relations section of the Company,s website at http://www.nxt-id.com  under ... http://www.sec.gov . 2016 Year Highlights: ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/9/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 09, 2017 , ... At its ... Dr. Christopher Stubbs, a professor in Harvard University’s Departments of Physics and Astronomy, has ... was a member of the winning team for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... ... October 06, 2017 , ... ... providing advanced instruments and applications consulting for microscopy and surface analysis, Nanoscience ... application consulting, Nanoscience Analytical offers a broad range of contract analysis services ...
(Date:10/6/2017)... Mass. (PRWEB) , ... October 06, 2017 , ... ... female entrepreneurship within the healthcare and technology sector at their fourth annual Conference ... panels featuring 30 inspiring speakers and the ELEVATE pitch competition showcasing early stage ...
(Date:10/5/2017)... ... October 05, 2017 , ... Understanding the microbiome, the millions of bacteria ... Gut Love: You Are My Future, the newest exhibit on display at the University ... the human condition through the lens of the gut microbiome. , Gut Love ...
Breaking Biology Technology: