Event Title

Underrepresentation in Computer Science

Location

Science Center, Bent Corridor

Start Date

10-28-2016 5:00 PM

End Date

10-28-2016 5:30 PM

Research Program

Chris Brown Undergraduate Research Fund

Poster Number

60

Abstract

Currently, white men make up the vast majority of Computer Science (CS) majors and workers. Worse, the percentage of female CS majors nationally is actually decreasing. We set out to examine to what extent Oberlin follows these trends and suggest effective reforms to the department and students in the program. Our goal was to think of and implement research based suggestions to encourage a more balanced CS enrollment and a more welcoming environment in Oberlin’s CS classes. We added a broader outreach goal along the way as it became clear that early CS outreach can be extremely effective in bridging the gap. Our solutions include a mentorship program for women interested in CS, an addition to the CS major handbook, a presentation of suggestions to the faculty, and a pipeline for students to volunteer at a local CS camp.

Major

Computer Science

Project Mentor(s)

Alexa Sharp, Computer Science

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Underrepresentation in Computer Science

Science Center, Bent Corridor

Currently, white men make up the vast majority of Computer Science (CS) majors and workers. Worse, the percentage of female CS majors nationally is actually decreasing. We set out to examine to what extent Oberlin follows these trends and suggest effective reforms to the department and students in the program. Our goal was to think of and implement research based suggestions to encourage a more balanced CS enrollment and a more welcoming environment in Oberlin’s CS classes. We added a broader outreach goal along the way as it became clear that early CS outreach can be extremely effective in bridging the gap. Our solutions include a mentorship program for women interested in CS, an addition to the CS major handbook, a presentation of suggestions to the faculty, and a pipeline for students to volunteer at a local CS camp.