Women in Engineering Program
STEM jobs are expected to increase by 16.8 percent from 2010 to 2020, adding 1.3 million new jobs to the workplace. Missouri alone will need to fill 143,000 STEM jobs by 2018.
There has never been a better time to be an engineer, and the University of Missouri is a great choice for women in engineering. The Women in Engineering program seeks to provide resources for prospective women students who want to change the world through engineering. We foster community among women in the College of Engineering through monthly events, and our inclusivity center space serves as a gathering place for students. No matter your interests or year in school, the Women in Engineering program has involvement opportunities for you.
The Women in Engineering Program aims:
- to ensure the continued growth of women in engineering by eliminating the structural and individual barriers to success
- to ensure the success and retention of women in engineering.
- to help all women in the College of Engineering explore opportunities for scholarships, conferences, research and more
- to provide services tailored to your unique interests and year in school
- to equip young girls with information and hands-on experiences in engineering
We work with freshman and sophomore students to introduce them to the wide range of possibilities in STEM fields. We encourage first and second year students to attend our informational events and begin to build a community through our Inclusivity Center. For third and fourth year students and graduate students, we offer leadership opportunities and job preparation seminars and activities.
Please contact our Diversity and Outreach Initiatives office for additional resources.
Now is a great time to equip young students with the inspiration, initiative and curiosity to pursue STEM fields. In fact, over 50 percent of future U.S. jobs will require a background in math, science and technology, according to the Department of Labor. As part of the women in engineering programming, we are committed to inspiring and preparing young women to pursue science, math, technology and engineering (STEM) fields through events and resources.
Our Daughter Engineering Day offers hands-on learning and engineering projects that introduce middle school girls to career options in engineering.
Resources for Parents and Guardians
Parents and guardians play a major role in driving their children’s interest in science, technology, math or engineering (STEM). Two-thirds of the girls who report having an interest in STEM had a parent or guardian who encouraged these interests, according to the Scientific American. Parents can encourage these early interests by engaging their children in age appropriate STEM activities. These resources provide a good starting place.