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Speaker: Linda Sax - Kathleen Lehman
Affiliation: UCLA - Graduate School of Education & Information Studies


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ABSTRACT: Women have been historically underrepresented in computer science and the gender gap in this field has widened further in recent years. This presentation uses data collected from a national sample of students entering college between 1971 and 2011 to explore the changing background characteristics, career aspirations, and self-perceptions of female undergraduate computer science majors over the past forty years. Women in computer science are compared with women across other STEM fields. The speakers will also introduce their new nationwide study of computer science majors: Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID). BIO: Linda J. Sax is Professor in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. She teaches graduate courses in research methodology, evaluation of higher education, and gender issues in higher education. Her research focuses on gender differences in college student development, specifically how institutional characteristics, peer and faculty environments, and forms of student involvement differentially affect male and female college students. She is currently principal investigator on a national, longitudinal study of gender and racial/ethnic diversity in undergraduate computer science (the BRAID study), funded by the National Science Foundation, the Anita Borg Institute, the Computing Research Association, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Intel. Dr. Sax is the author of more than 80 publications, including The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men (Jossey-Bass, 2008), and is the recipient of the 2005 Scholar-in-Residence Award from the American Association of University Women and the 1999 Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. BIO: Kate Lehman is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at UCLA and serves as the lead graduate student researcher on the BRAID project. Her research interests focus on gender issues in higher education, women in STEM fields, and co-curricular learning experiences. Her recent research includes issues of culture and climate in computer science departments and living-learning programs for STEM students.



Date(s) - Feb 09, 2016
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

3400 Boelter Hall
420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles California 90095