Mentor: Dr. Anjali Thapar
A sample of Bryn Mawr alumnae were recently asked to complete a survey to explore their perceptions and attitudes towards science education as well as their views of women’s involvement in the field of science. The purpose of this study is to examine and explore the various factors that govern women’s decisions to pursue their interests in science within an educational setting. The greater goal of the “Bryn Mawr Women, Education, and Science Study” is to initially identify the aspects that impact women’s interest and aptitude in the sciences and then to use these findings to better address and encourage the greater participation of women within the sciences. More specifically, the study endeavors to illuminate what sorts of programs and teaching methods are most effective at supporting women’s interest and involvement in science at Bryn Mawr College . The results of this survey may shed some light on the underlying dynamics that influence the involvement, or lack thereof, of women in the scientific realm. By understanding women’s relationships with science both outside and within an educational setting, a greater understanding of more effective teaching methods and increased involvement can be achieved.