Research and Best Practices

The following reports, papers and sources represent a selection of recent research into the factors that affect recruitment, retention and advancement of SETT women. In addition, there are resources that cover effective practices to increase the numbers, career success and leadership of women in these fields. See also Publications.

The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering, and Technology

Forty-one percent of highly qualified scientists, engineers, and technologists on the lower rungs of corporate career ladders are female. But more than half (52%) drop out. It found 5 powerful "antigens" in corporate cultures. This important 2008 study features company initiatives that address this female brain drain.

Going the Distance - Best Practices and Strategies for Retaining Engineering, Engineering Technology and Computing Students

This 2013 American Society for Engineering Education report describes and summarizes effective practices from 60 US universities and colleges to retain students in technical programs.

How to Recruit Women and Girls to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Classroom

Donna Milgram describes strategies for high school and post-secondary educators in this 2011 paper.