Monthly Archives: October 2015

Purdue College of Education receives $5M for STEM programs

The U.S. Department of Defense is giving Purdue University a $5 million grant to look over its STEM programs.

The 10-year grant was awarded to Purdue’s College of Education. It’s the largest grant the college has ever received.  Faculty members will look over which STEM teaching research and programs work for the Army.  College of Education associate dean Carla Johnson said the goal is to eventually be able to recruit students who know more about science, technology, engineering and math.

“There are a lot of STEM occupations within the military that are not on the front lines that help to drive the things that are going on,” Johnson said. “So they really have a vested interest in developing the talent pool.”  She said the Army is looking to recruit more kids from more diverse backgrounds.  “[They’re] looking at reaching into urban schools and getting more population of kids from lower social economic backgrounds,” said Johnson.

Johnson says the Department of Defense is investing more money in education programs to help fill STEM careers within the military.

Read the complete press release here.

Purdue study to look at persistence of women in engineering

A three-year Purdue University study on the challenges women in engineering face has earned support from the National Science Foundation.

The study, “Why We Persist: An Intersectional Study to Characterize and Examine the Experiences of Women Tenure-Track Faculty in Engineering,” received $1.4 million in funding from the National Science Foundation earlier this month.

Monica Cox, an associate professor in the School of Engineering Education, is leading the project, joined by fellow School of Engineering Education assistant professor Joyce Main and Ebony McGee, an assistant professor of diversity of urban schooling at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

Cox said the three-phase study intends to delve into the reasons women continue to push forward in faculty engineering positions. It will examine situations in the context of race and class in addition to gender. Within this study, the team will focus on the stories and experiences of women faculty in engineering, including the positive aspects regarding what motivates them, how they navigate academia and how they define and achieve success.

Read the complete press release here.