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Auburn Engineering boasts many successful female alumnae, from CEOs of companies to executives in industry to various entrepreneurs and innovators. These women represent the quality of Auburn engineer that we produce each year. And they are individuals who from their own experience understand the importance of attracting and retaining women in the field of engineering. Add to these alumnae the many friends and spouses of Auburn Engineering alumni and you have a special group of people who are dedicated to the future of women in engineering.
The college’s 100 Women Strong is made up of alumnae and friends of the college who embrace our vision to provide resources and programming that will enable us to attract, support and retain female students in Auburn Engineering. 100 Women Strong members recognize the importance of connecting with the next generation of female engineers – those who will bring innovation and discovery to bear on the quality of life for people throughout the world.
100 Women Strong helps Auburn Engineering:
Members of 100 Women Strong provide leadership, financial resources and assistance in the areas of recruiting women to engineering, retaining those students during their college education and rewarding them for achievement and drive.
Auburn Engineering is committed to engaging young women early as they begin to make pivotal decisions regarding significant mathematics and science courses in junior and high school curricula, as well as students at the junior college level. Junior high school and high school camps will introduce girls to the profession of engineering and encourage them to begin taking appropriate math, science and computer classes prior to college.
Junior college workshops provide opportunities for recruiting visits to primary feeder junior colleges to meet with potential female students and build relationships with advisors, science, math and computer faculty. In addition, outreach efforts to high school counselors, math, science and computer teachers allows for training in student preparedness for engineering curricula at Auburn.
In general, female students do not leave engineering because of academic difficulties; rather, they often report that they simply do not see themselves as engineers or they do not think they will enjoy the engineering profession. Auburn Engineering and 100 Women Strong seek to provide opportunities for female students to interact with our female engineering alumni and encounter speakers who encourage them to stay in engineering.
Auburn’s highly successful Society of Women Engineers student chapter provides an encouraging environment, mentoring and networking opportunities. Members of 100 Women Strong serve as alumni speakers and mentors, as well as provide funding for the chapter.
Prior to each fall semester, the college invites all women who have been accepted into engineering, and their parents to an event designed to introduce support systems for engineering students, as well as the proud heritage of Auburn Engineering alumnae.
Career workshops help junior and senior engineering students prepare for job interviews, learn how to negotiate job offers, and gain insight into corporate culture and professional practice. Graduate school workshops encourage students to pursue graduate studies, assist them in navigating the graduate program application process and educate them on how to find stipend and fellowship support.
100 Women Strong holds an awards banquet in conjunction with its annual meeting. In addition to recognizing student, faculty and alumnae achievements, these events allow alumnae to return to campus, interact with students and faculty and enjoy keynote speakers and conference sessions directly related to women in engineering.
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