Broadening Participation through Education
NASCENT educational programs engage diverse pre-college students, undergraduate students, and teachers to educate future research and technology leaders with technical depth, broad understanding of real market demands, skills for innovation, and the creativity needed to bring the benefits of nanomanufacturing in computing, electronics, energy, healthcare, and sensing
- From 2013 to 2019, the Young Scholars Program engaged 53 students, 57% women, and 60% students from minoritized backgrounds
- From 2013 to 2019, the REU program welcomed 62 students, 46% women, and 29% students from minoritized backgrounds
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Bias Busting across NASCENT
Workshops addressing implicit bias, stereotypes, methods for interrupting bias are presented regularly to faculty, staff and graduate students, REU and non-REU undergraduate students and RET educators to advance a culture of inclusion and interrupt bias throughout NASCENT. Two recurring workshops include Role Models Matter: Engaging All Students in STEM and the Bias Busting Across the Center. Additional activities to foster a culture of inclusion are embedded in graduate student orientation and other areas of NASCENT operations.
Role models play a critical role in creating opportunities for girls (and all students) to envision a career in STEM. The Role Models Matter: Engaging All Students in STEM workshop prepares center outreach volunteers to increase and improve the quality of outreach to girls in STEM. During the training, participants learn 1) what elements contribute to an effective role model interaction, 2) practice how to integrate STEM careers through ice breakers, introductions, career showcases and hands-on activities, and 3) hear tips and techniques to engage girls (and all students) in meaningful discussions.
The Bias Busting Across the Center workshop engages participants in creating commitments to greater inclusivity by focusing on summaries of research evidence around implicit bias and stereotypes with rich discussions of personal experience and observations woven throughout. The workshop wraps-up with role playing and small group discussions based on relevant and real-life scenarios to provide participants with tools for bias busting interventions across campus. The workshop is one in a series of workshops that are part of the You Belong Here Campaign at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering.