When: Thursday, October 17, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: AV Williams : ECE Conference Rm 2460
Event Type(s): Diversity
"Increasing the participation of females and other under-represented groups in computer science: The Harvey Mudd College Story"
In 2006, much like at many other institutions, about 10% of HMC's CS majors were female. At that time only about a third of the HMC student body was female, but CS was an aberration. About 20% of Physics majors and close to 30% of the engineering majors were female. Four years later, 40% of HMC's CS majors were female, exactly the same percentage as the whole HMC student body. This talk describes how the CS department accomplished this change, and our efforts to share our approaches more broadly with middle and high school girls.