11 December 2015

CIRL director helping set research agenda for women in STEM

Graph of women in selected stem occupations, 1990-2013. Graph of women in selected stem occupations, 1990-2013.

The director of the lab's Center for Integrating Research and Learning is among a group of experts creating the future research agenda on women’s underrepresentation in engineering and computing.

What did scientists discover?

This year the American Association of University Women (AAUW) published a report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. As part of their report, AAUW brought experts from the research and practitioner side together in October 2015 to create a future research agenda on women’s underrepresentation in engineering and computing. Roxanne Hughes, director of the MagLab's Center for Integrating Research and Learning was one of these invited participants. Hughes’ research on women’s STEM identity provided an important addition to the research agenda which included: the impact of implicit gender bias and stereotype threat on career choice and persistence. The invitation for her to participate in the AAUW highlights the value of her research in improving the representation of women in STEM fields. Her expertise is being recognized on a national stage by individuals who are setting agendas for change.

Why is this important?

This invitation allows Hughes to meet and work with other experts, thereby bringing a new and collective expertise to the MagLab’s programs. As the director of the lab’s education programs and diversity programs, Hughes’ recognition and participation in the AAUW research agenda is an important step for the MagLab to contribute to solving the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields. It allows the MagLab to remain at the cutting edge of solutions to the national issues affecting women in STEM.

Who did the research?

Roxanne Hughes, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Why did they need the MagLab?

Hughes is both a practitioner and a researcher. She directs multiple educational programs at the lab that aim to improve women and girls’ perceptions of and persistence in STEM. She also conducts research on these young women and their identity trajectories. SciGirls is one of these programs and is the only program of its kind that is housed at a national lab. Therefore, the research conducted on this program could only occur at the MagLab.

Details for scientists

Funding

This research was funded by the following grants: G.S. Boebinger (NSF DMR-1157490)


For more information, contact Roxanne Hughes.

Details

  • Research Area: STEM Education
  • Facility / Program: CIRL
  • Year: 2015
Last modified on 15 December 2016