ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success A Department within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion

2013 Gender and STEM Research Symposium

ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success invite you to the second annual Gender and STEM Research Symposium, to be held November 13-14, 2013 at Purdue University (West Lafayette campus). The conference will begin with a kick-off keynote address on Wednesday Novemeber 13, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The Symposium will be held on Thursday November 14, 2013 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

The objectives of the symposium are:

  1. Networking of the scholars who study gender and STEM,
  2. Capacity building and professional development for the students and junior scholars, and
  3. Discussion of emerging methods to do substantive studies on gender and STEM.


Researchers -- including undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty -- from through the Midwest (or beyond) are encouraged to submit current research in the broad area of gender and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Abstracts will be accepted for oral presentations, poster presentations and group discussion sessions where participants present their papers in a small group to solicit feedback from other participants..

Topics of research could include but are not limited to:

  • girls' or women's experiences and participation in STEM educational tracks or professional careers;
  • technical career choices as influenced by family responsibilities;
  • discourse analyses of how scientific texts are gendered, raced and classed;
  • literary critique of metaphors in scientific publications;
  • history of the masculinization of certain forms of technology;
  • gender representations in serious games;
  • identity construction in science and engineering contexts;
  • theory on or critique of gendered organizations;
  • topics categorized as feminist science and technology studies;
  • history of home economics and Lillian Gilbreth's work on kitchen design;
  • young boys' and girls' development of engineering thinking;
  • interdisciplinary research methods used to understand new or different facets of the topic of gender and STEM;
  • methodologies that investigate different aspects of women's lived experiences in relation to STEM;
  • intersectionality in the study of women's underrepresentation in STEM professions;
  • intersectionality in the study of academic organizations; or
  • theoretical or methodological challenges and concerns in studying gendered and raced issues in STEM contexts.

We strongly encourage presenters to make explicit their theoretical foundation for their research design, methodology, educational intervention design and connection with gender. In addition, we ask that presenters consider discussing gender in its context with race and ethnicity. (This means, for example, in a sample of primarily white students, one should talk about them primarily as white students, and not simply as "students" as though they have no race/ethnicity).

Contact: Deidre Bush (

Important Links

Conference Proceedings
Gender and STEM Symposium Booklet
Gender and STEM Symposium Program Schedule

2010 Gender and STEM Research Symposium

Gender and STEM Research Symposium Program - Feb. 2010

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