STEMing the Tide: How Female Experts and Peers Act as “Social Vaccines” for Girls and Women in STEM

  • Date:
    Feb 28 2013
    04:00pm to 04:00pm
    Campus Center Auditorium

    Nilanjana Dasgupta, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dasgupta is a leading expert on women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She has received multiple NSF and NIMH grants, including a NSF CAREER award, to study women’s careers and how academic environments shape women’s thinking and behavior regarding science achievement. Broadly speaking, her research examines how unspoken stereotypes in social environments affect people’s attitudes and behavior in subtle, often unconscious ways. She has received the ‘Hidden Bias Research Prize’ for her groundbreaking research on gender equity in the classroom, the Wayne F. Placek Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and the Morton Deutsch Award from the International Society for Justice Research. Professor Dasgupta received her Ph.D. from Yale University in social psychology in 1998 and joined the psychology department at UMass Amherst in 2003. Her presentation will delve into such questions as:

    -   How does the gender of teachers and professors in STEM classes influence young women’s interest in these fields?
    -   How do peers in STEM classes influence young women’s interests?
    -   What is the impact of having visible women in professional leadership roles on the next generation’s interest in similar achievements? Are women leaders seen as role models who inspire emulation or are they rejected as role models because their successes seem unattainable?

    *If you require child care in order to attend this event please contact by Feb. 14th.

    For more information contact:  Sally Powers, CNS Associate Dean of Faculty Development:, 413-577-6425.

    For more information on the CNS Women in Science Initiative please go here.