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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.v13.i4.40
pages 377-390

INTRODUCTION TO PROMINENT WOMEN IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: AN OUTREACH ACTIVITY

Yin Kiong Hoh
Natural Sciences and Science Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

ABSTRACT

This paper describes an activity the author has carried out with 80 high school chemistry teachers to enable them to overcome their stereotypical perceptions of engineers and engineering. The activity introduced them to prominent women in chemical engineering, and raised their awareness of these female engineers' contributions to engineering and society. The results showed that the activity was effective in dispelling the teachers' misperceptions of engineers and engineering. Teachers and professors can use the examples of these prominent female chemical engineers as role models to inspire their female students who are aspiring to become engineers.


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