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Title:The Feminine Experience: Women in the Department of Computer Science
Author(s):ANTH 411_06-03
Computer Science
Abstract:This project focuses on the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois, specifically their population of female students. The author aims to find out why there are so few females in this department, what is being done (or not done) to make improvements, and how the academic experiences of women in CS differ from their male counterparts, if at all. On the basis of three interviews and participant observation, the study indicates that there is a definite need for more female students in the field of computer science at the University of Illinois. One of the suggested methods to close this gender gap is reaching out to elementary, middle, and high school girls to introduce them to CS as a field of study suitable for everyone. The project includes a proposal for continued research.
Issue Date:2006-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22

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