INCLUDES Primary Investigator Poster Session

Anderson-Knott, Walker & Wonch Hill in Washington, D.C.
Anderson-Knott, Walker & Wonch Hill in Washington, D.C.

INCLUDES Primary Investigator Poster Session

 

Judy Walker, Trish Wonch Hill and Mindy Anderson-Knot visited Washington D.C. in January, for the first PI meeting of the Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) to network with other grantees and share posters.

Walker heads a new project aimed at increasing the number of U.S. women with mathematics doctorates. It was one of 37 projects nationwide funded through the new National Science Foundation INCLUDES program to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM fields, by improving educational opportunities for underserved populations. Trish Wonch Hill is compiling research, Mindy Anderson-Knott is completing the external evaluation and the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) has been helping with interviews.

Wonch Hill, stated that “Each of the programs is very different, and the problem that’s identified is that, it’s very hard to tell from the evaluation perspective if these programs actually work to recruit and retain women in advanced mathematics. Or if they are just getting women who would probably major in math anyways. They are very expensive and NSF doesn’t know if they are effective for the amount that they cost.” The information gained will be shared in an upcoming stakeholder’s conference in June, to be held here at UNL.

The National Science Foundation summarizes the INCLUDES Program as “a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSF's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. NSF INCLUDES supports efforts to develop talent from all sectors of society to build the STEM workforce. The initiative aims to improve the preparation, increase the participation, and ensure the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise, including women, members of racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socio-economic status. Significant advancement of these groups will result in a new generation of promising STEM talent and leadership to secure our nation’s future in science and technology.” For full information on INCLUDES visit their webpage here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16544/nsf16544.htm

To read more about Judy Walker’s grant, please visit this article here: http://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/project-aims-to-boost-women-in-math-grad-programs/