The U.S. National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program has awarded Louisiana Tech University $736,500 for a four-year initiative called "Creating a Culture of Success for Women in Engineering and Science." Louisiana Tech will strive to keep more women faculty in the College of Engineering and Science, create a more women-friendly environment, and promote women faculty's professional careers through training, networking, and mentoring programs.
Dean of the College Stan Napper hopes that, by supporting women faculty, the college will inspire female students to see engineering and science as possible career paths. The project has created the Office for Women in Science and Engineering (OWISE). The OWISE will provide administrative support for the project and will assist campus-wide campaigns for female students of engineering and science.
Project director Jenna P. Carpenter says that Louisiana Tech's efforts are especially relevant in today's professional climate. "Nationally, there is a significant need to attract more women into engineering and science fields if we are to meet future workforce demands," she says.
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