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The Status of Women in STEM in Higher Education: A literature review 2007-2017
Criss Library Faculty Proceedings & Presentations
  • Heidi Blackburn, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Tarun Chaturvedi, University of Nebraska at Omaha
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Use Google to search “Women in STEM in higher education” and see what comes up. What if you were an administrator trying to write a grant to recruit female students in IT? Or an instructor trying to advise a student club for women in computer science? In recent years, the spotlight on STEM education has given rise to hundreds of studies ranging from the recruitment and retention of women students to the workplace climate of women faculty and staff. This information was not easily available in one location for use in reports, press releases, curriculum, or grants. Through a Carnegie-Whitney grant, we created an online Women in STEM Research Guide of over 700 articles, books, and theses. Bibliographic themes cover recruitment, retention, barriers, stereotypes, inclusion and biases, campus culture, classroom experiences, and faculty workplace issues. We will engage participants by having them briefly conduct their own research on this topic, explore the Research Guide, and then consider what contacts and groups they might share the information within their own organizations. We will also highlight the national grant process, the scope of the literature review, and the student research assistant will share his experiences working on the project.

By understanding the intersectionality of issues surrounding the status of women in STEM in higher education, participants can help their organizations prepare to engage fully in local, regional, and national recruitment and retention efforts. The audience members will leave with an introduction to and hands-on experience with a powerful resource they could use for literature reviews in campus strategic planning, department outreach, recruitment, or grant writing.


This presentation was given at "Women Advance IT", an IT leadership conference held at the Nebraska Innovation Campus, University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

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Heidi Blackburn and Tarun Chaturvedi. "The Status of Women in STEM in Higher Education: A literature review 2007-2017" (2018)
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