Pre-college biomedical engineering program for girls

Nicole B. Koppel, Rosa M. Cano, Suzanne B. Heyman, Tara L. Alvarez

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Abstract

When choosing a career in scientific fields, girls tend to gravitate towards professions that help humanity; thus, the fields of health and medicine are widely chosen by women. To attract young women to engineering careers, girls need to be shown that engineering is used to improve the quality of people's lives. Biomedical engineering applies engineering principles to further medical research via basic research to understand how the human body operates or through collaboration with clinicians to facilitate the diagnosis and/ or cure of diseases. NJIT Center for Pre-college Programs offer the Women In Engineering & Technology (WEIT)-FEMME program to encourage pre-college female students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In 2001, Biomedical Engineering FEMME became the newest addition to the WIET Initiative specifically geared towards girls completing the eighth grade. The academic curriculum integrates engineering principles with biomedical science, and introduces girls to the role of engineers as "problem-solvers and helpers".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-297
Number of pages2
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC
StatePublished - 2003
EventProceedings of the IEEE 29th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference - Newark, NJ, United States
Duration: Mar 22 2003Mar 23 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Bioengineering

Keywords

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Pre-college program
  • Women in engineering

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