Campus Action Project 2010-11

Using the CAP grant funding, students will put into action the recommendations from AAUW’s 2010 research report, Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to address the following:

  • Literacy and Awareness. Programs designed to raise awareness and increase understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and careers.
  • Mentoring. Programs that facilitate relationships between students or students and professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
  • Campus Department Culture. Initiatives that will improve the culture in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics departments on campus.

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Meet the 2010-11 CAP Teams

Buena Vista University (Iowa)

The DREAMS project of the Buena Vista University (BVU) CAP team is designed to provide a mentoring opportunity to middle and high school students.

Dakota State University (South Dakota)

This project is a continuation of an initiative started last year with an AAUW CAP grant. The Dakota State University CAP team aims to increase awareness of STEM career opportunities in Women in Science and Technology and in local middle and high school students through various initiatives.

Grand Valley State University (Michigan)

The CAP team at Grand Valley State University will enhance the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program through multi-level mentoring that promotes leadership and builds community.

Rochester Institute of Technology (New York)

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)’s 2009 CAP grant, EMPOWER, successfully aided in the development of students’ professional skills and of a strong community of women. EMPOWER II will leverage the success of the original program by putting these skills toward an outreach program to encourage young women to consider careers in STEM.

Rogue Community College (Oregon)

The Rogue Community College (RCC) CAP team and three AAUW branches in southern Oregon will sponsor the STEM Careers for Planet Earth conference in April 2011 at RCC’s career technical campus in White City, Oregon.

Tidewater Community College (Virginia)

With the CAP grant, the Tidewater Community College will implement a more structured intervention program addressing spatial skills deficiencies to increase program participation and success rates of engineering students.

University of Guam (Guam)

The University of Guam will hold a one-night event on campus on April 13 for 75 people about STEM.

University of Missouri, Kansas City (Missouri)

The campus action project at the University of Missouri, Kansas City will work to enlighten local high school counselors and teachers of the obstacles to the attraction to, education in, and retention of women in STEM careers and to engage and encourage female high school students to pursue STEM careers.

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Wisconsin)

The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, team created STEM Today, Degree Tomorrow, a STEM literacy and mentoring program for UWM students and middle school girls.

Virginia Tech (Virginia)

The Virginia Tech CAP team created a Connecting Women in Construction outreach program in response to the severe underrepresentation and low retention rates of women in building construction and construction engineering majors.

Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri)

The Washington University in St. Louis team will expose women in high school to the different fields of science and the numerous STEM career paths through three consecutive Saturday workshops for ninth graders focusing on biology and biotechnology, physical sciences, and engineering.