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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v10.i3.40
12 pages

IMPROVING THE GRADUATE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE FOR WOMEN IN MATHEMATICS: THE EDGE PROGRAM

Sylvia T. Bozeman
Department of Mathematics, Box 270, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA 30314
Rhonda J. Hughes
Department of Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

ABSTRACT

For over a decade, Spelman College and Bryn Mawr College have collaborated on initiatives designed to increase the presence of women, with a special focus on women of color, in the upper ranks of mathematical science. The most recent initiative is the EDGE Program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education), which addresses this challenge by attempting to decrease the loss of talent from U.S. graduate programs. To this end, the program provides structures that help women make successful transitions from undergraduate into graduate mathematics programs, redirect or refocus their ambitions when programs are inappropriate or unsuitable, and, ultimately, enable them to "accumulate advantages" that will empower them and foster success in their careers. A broader goal of this program is to diversify the mathematics community by creating models for mathematics programs that allow people from all backgrounds and cultures to thrive, advance, and contribute to the profession.


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