By Felipe Sanchez Band
Monterrey, Nuevo León. 21 September 2017 (news Agency Conacyt).- The Institute of Innovation and Technology Transfer of Nuevo Leon (I2T2)started the program Women in Science and 2017, with the aim of encouraging vocations and careers in science and engineering in students of middle level education in the state.
“Women in Science is a project in which we have supported Students from five years ago, we in the fifth edition of this project, in which the idea is that we can include and promote women’s vocations in science and engineering in the state of Nuevo León,” explained dr Martha Leal-González, Planning director, Graduate Outreach and International Cooperation and Networks I2T2.
This program is developed by the I2T2, in coordination with the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL), aims to bring the students of middle level education researchers to be aware of their work, career and be motivated to study careers related to science and engineering.
“What we do is that we invite the girls from high school of the first semester to live with a researcher in his lab, listen to their experience of life (…) your professional experience, working in the laboratory as if they were part of the research team and, the next day, it gives them a conversation —dynamic— workshop about topics like neuro-linguistic programming, team work, leadership, etc., to reaffirm qualities in them as students, women as well”, explained the policy.
The edition 2017 of the program began on August 11 and will conclude the month of November, the I2T2 contemplates the participation of between two thousand and two thousand 500 students from different parts of Nuevo Leon. In 2016, were two thousand 280 students, with a total of eight thousand participants in the four years that it has developed the program, including young people from municipalities outside the metropolitan area of Monterrey in the last two years.
“What we want is that the girls not only do not deserten, do not give up on studying for a career but that they see careers in science and technology as an option for them. Apart from that, we have a space in social networks, a group of women in science where they are still communicating among themselves and with the researchers,” said dr. Leal Gonzalez.
Within the areas of study covered by the program are physics, mathematics, biology, mechanical, aeronautical, mechatronics, chemical, civil engineering, agronomy, among others. The project started in 2013 with 48 researchers and thousand 200 students. While in the edition 2016 involved 102 researchers, two thousand 280 students and is organized 61 workshops.
“We have made progress in numbers, there is a great enthusiasm among the researchers to share their life experience and to convince girls that science is a good option. We rely on the Autonomous University of Nuevo León with the researchers and laboratories, we designed the program to operate and implement the UANL, who have always been our staunch allies in all that is nurturing vocations and research,” said the directive.
On the importance of this type of activities to encourage more women to science and technology, dr. Leal Gonzalez commented that it is necessary that in the field there are multidisciplinary teams, not only of races but of men and women, to enrich the projects of research with the knowledge and the perspective of women.
“The numbers don’t lie, even though we have a ratio of 50-50 women and men enrolled in higher education at the undergraduate level, to the time that we see them where they are studying, we see that in the part of science and engineering walk around of 30 per cent women, 70 per cent men”.
To that end, the board thanked the support of Conacyt mexico and the UANL, who have made it possible for the program. He added that they have referred to continue expanding the project in the future for your application, and with the collaboration of educational institutions, private and evaluate the final impact in the students who participated in the project the early years.
“We are interested in the final impact, then we plan to design an evaluation of the impact and the next thing would be that we could extend it to high schools and private universities, we can share our experience of what we have done to other universities to see if they can implement them.”
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