Women are still vastly underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce. Analysis conducted in 2018 by IU Bloomington Assessment and Research found that female students are at a higher risk of leaving STEM disciplines than male students at IU Bloomington. IU Bloomington’s Office of Engaged Learning focuses on ensuring that female students develop the skills and experiences to thrive in STEM fields, while finding a sense of belonging while on campus through community, faculty mentorships, and the summer research program.
The Advancing Women in STEM fund enhances access for female-identifying students to explore and pursue STEM-related studies and opportunities. In doing so, students are positively impacted in their social belonging and retention in STEM disciplines.