Research team awarded National Science Foundation grant for research addressing need to recognize women engineering students:

October 15, 2020

A team led by Cassandra Rutherford, assistant professor in the College of Engineering, received a total of $199,965 from the National Science Foundation as part of a two-year grant. Previous research has shown that women are underrepresented in the field of engineering and lack recognition, which is extremely important. This project aims to identify factors that impact women engineers as well as their feelings of recognition; develop recognition interventions to increase feelings of recognition; and determine the impact of these interventions on women engineers. The results of this study will be used by engineers across the country to create a positive environment for students and decrease their potential underrepresentation. 

Also a part of this team is Evrim Baran and Hasan Sungur in the School of Education, as well as Benjamin Ahn, Aliye Karabulut-Ilgu, Gul Okudan-Kremer, and Chris Rehmann in the College of Engineering. 

Contact Details:

Name: Cassandra Rutherford
Phone: 515-294-6713
Department: College of Engineering