Advancing Women in STEM

Donor support provides additional opportunities for women’s exploration in STEM-related experiences

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.

I would like to express how thankful I am for how funding from this program has enabled me to gain research experience that's prepared me for graduate school and affirmed that a career in research is what I should be working towards. Without the funding offered by LSAMP this summer, I would not have been able to spend my time this summer working in an academic institution's lab.

Kat Jones, 2021 LSAMP participant
Photos from the 2021 STEM Summer Research Program
Female student facing away wearing a t-shirt that says This is My Hoosier Experience. A blurred male student stands in the background.
Two female students using pipettes to transfer samples in a chemistry lab during the 2021 Summer Research program
Three female students talking in a chemistry lab, one of them holding a beaker

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