Guam – The University of Guam is among 11 universities to receive grants from the American Association of University Women [AAUW].
The purpose of the grants is to increase Women’s Representation in Science and Math.
In all the AAUW has awarded $50,000 in Campus Action Project (CAP) grants to 11 institutions across the country for the 2010–11 academic year. These AAUW-funded projects will target some of the barriers to entering and staying in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields faced by women and girls.
Each year, AAUW selects a project topic based on our mission. The 2010–11 CAP teams will focus on the issues raised by AAUW’s 2010 research report, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, which highlights key findings from recent research on women and girls in STEM in three areas: middle and high school, college and university, and the workplace.
“AAUW is breaking through educational barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance, and that is exactly what the CAP teams selected this year are doing in their communities,” said Kate C. Farrar, AAUW director of leadership programs. “Our teams are increasing the number of young women entering and staying in science- and math-related fields by addressing the barriers they face in school, college, and the workplace.”
AAUW picked 11 CAP teams from around the country to implement projects that focus on mentoring and on exposing some of the barriers that girls experience in math and science, as well as on networking and professional development to retain college women in such fields. The projects will help to increase the number of young women entering and pursuing these fields of study.
The lack of women in the typically higher-wage math and science-related fields has significant implications for women’s economic security as well as for the overall economy and our nation’s global competitiveness. More women in these high-paying fields would help close the gender wage gap and would eliminate the U.S. shortage of workers in STEM fields.
AAUW will pay for one member of each team to present her or his team’s project at the 2011 AAUW/NASPA National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. The conference helps students connect with other students and with successful women while honing leadership skills for their work on campus and in their communities.
For more information on Campus Action Projects, visit www.aauw.org/connect/cap.
The CAP grant recipients for 2010–11 are
• Buena Vista University (Iowa): Daughters Realizing Exceptional Abilities in Math and Science (DREAMS)
• Dakota State University (South Dakota): Women in Science and Technology – Career
• Grand Valley State University (Michigan): WISE Program Multi-Level Mentoring
• Rochester Institute of Technology (New York): EMPOWER II: Operation Tech Squad
• Rogue Community College (Oregon): STEM Careers for Planet Earth
• University of Missouri, Kansas City (Missouri): E3: Enlightenment, Engagement, and Encouragement, a Formula for Overcoming the Obstacles for Women Pursuing STEM Careers
• University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Wisconsin): STEM Today, Degree Tomorrow
• Virginia Tech (Virginia): Connecting Women in Construction
• Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri): Catalysts for Change: Gaining Momentum for Women in STEM Fields
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners. Since AAUW’s founding 129 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in our public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.