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Science and engineering program for women

06-24-2010


Two Sacramento State members are helping women pursue careers in math and engineering.

A program sponsored by two Sacramento State members women helped give women pursuing careers in math and engineering a boost. 

Sociology Professor Mridula Udayagiri and Madeleine Fish, director of the University's MESA Engineering and Computer Science Program, received a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Gender in Science and Engineering Program to establish a program to teach gender-inclusive strategies to math educators. The two instructors held a math train-th-trainer program for women June 26.

"We gave math teachers new techniques to create a classroom environment that is friendlier to women and encouraged them to stay with math and succeed academically," says Udayagiri.

Attendees were math tutors and educators from local community colleges, the Sacramento County Board of Education and CSU Northridge.

The program taught what Fish calls "math intervention," a process that helps teachers quickly and effectively bring students' math skills up to par.

"Many students have significant gaps in their math backgrounds," says Fish. "It's not that they don't have math skills, but they may have missed out on certain areas, and until those gaps are filled, they can't use critical thinking to solve problems."

For more information on the program, contact Udayagiri at mridula@csus.edu or Fish at (916) 278-6699 or at fishm@csus.edu. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State's Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.