Submission Title

How to Increase the Number of Women Pursuing Computer Science

Presenter Information

Kaitlyn Duarte, Whitworth University

Session Number

RS1

Location

Robinson 141

Abstract Number

RS1-d

Abstract

In 2022, over one million jobs will go unfilled in the computer science industry. The overall number of college graduates continues to increase each year, yet the number of graduates attaining a computer science degree has remained stagnant. While accounting for gender, there is a downward trend for women. As of 2015 eighteen percent of undergraduate computer science degrees are held by women.

A question that has plagued researchers and the computer science industry is why women are not studying computer science. To answer this question, researchers focused on high school girls. One theory is that the college gender gap can be reversed if high school girls are encouraged to take AP Computer Science classes. The challenge with using high school girls as the focus group is the gender gap begins prior to high school. To solve the gender gap, the problem at the root. Studies suggest the gender gap begins in middle school. This research will focus on the beginnings and causations of the gender gap. The research will then look at a program that targets middle school students and has shown to decrease the gender gap.

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How to Increase the Number of Women Pursuing Computer Science

Robinson 141

In 2022, over one million jobs will go unfilled in the computer science industry. The overall number of college graduates continues to increase each year, yet the number of graduates attaining a computer science degree has remained stagnant. While accounting for gender, there is a downward trend for women. As of 2015 eighteen percent of undergraduate computer science degrees are held by women.

A question that has plagued researchers and the computer science industry is why women are not studying computer science. To answer this question, researchers focused on high school girls. One theory is that the college gender gap can be reversed if high school girls are encouraged to take AP Computer Science classes. The challenge with using high school girls as the focus group is the gender gap begins prior to high school. To solve the gender gap, the problem at the root. Studies suggest the gender gap begins in middle school. This research will focus on the beginnings and causations of the gender gap. The research will then look at a program that targets middle school students and has shown to decrease the gender gap.