October 27, 2010
Online Resource Offers Resilience Training for Women in Science
CareerWISE to be demonstrated at NSF headquarters on Nov. 4
Arizona State University researchers are rolling out a pioneering resource that offers online personal resilience training for women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The CareerWISE resource aims to strengthen women's skills in managing personal and interpersonal challenges along the way to completing STEM graduate degrees and entering careers.The new website will be launched at a Nov. 4 briefing at the National Science Foundation headquarters in Arlington, Va.
The site is based on an extensive foundation of theory and research on psychological processes, environmental context, and personal behaviors that contribute to women's experiences in career paths. The website is an outgrowth of the CareerWISE program, an interdisciplinary research endeavor funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and housed at Arizona State University's School of Letters and Sciences. Led by Bianca L. Bernstein, CareerWISE seeks to address the loss of committed women from science and engineering doctoral programs.
The CareerWISE website will provide online coaching and psychological education to graduate students in STEM fields that can be, at times, unfriendly and isolating for women.
Key features of the site include:
* Multi-media web-based training that includes both written and video content. Examples presented in real-life contexts taken from individual interviews, focus groups and the literatures.
* Content tested and improved through a series of content evaluations and reviews
* Hundreds of HerStory clips from videotaped interviews with women who have successfully navigated the hurdles of graduate school in a variety of STEM fields
On Nov. 4, there will be a briefing followed by a demonstration of the site.
What: Briefing followed by demonstration of CareerWISE website
Who: Bianca Bernstein and colleagues from Arizona State University
When: Nov. 4, 4:30-6:00 p.m. EDT
Where: NSF headquarters
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Va. 22230
Stafford I, Room 110
Metro: Orange Line to Ballston
Note: Reporters interested in attending should RSVP to Maria Zacharias in the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs by email or phone (703) 292-8454.