Graduate Research

Graduate Climate in Science and Engineering

The Science and Engineering Graduate Student Experience Survey explores the extent to which graduate students feel comfortable and supported in their department.  It asks questions about classroom experiences, laboratory experiences, department climate, professional development, relationships with faculty and mentors, academic program status and work/family balance.  The graduate climate survey has been administered multiple times at the University of Washington with funding from the ADVANCE grant.

Publications
  • Litzler, E. and Edwards Lange, S. (2006). Differences in Climate for Undergraduate and Graduate Women in Engineering: The Effect of Context. ASEE Proceedings, Chicago. [PDF]
  • Litzler, E., Edwards Lange, S., and Brainard, S.G. (2005). Climate for Graduate Students in Science and Engineering Departments. Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, American Society for Engineering Education. [PDF]

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Mentoring Program & Graduate Student Tracking

The Center for Workforce Development has administered and evaluated a graduate mentoring program for graduate students in science and engineering fields, with a focus on women and under-represented minorities. CWD offers two mentoring programs: The Faculty and Graduate Mentoring Program and the Nanotechnology Mentoring Program. CWD has been able to use evaluation data from the mentoring program and student tracking data, with approval of the UW Institutional Review Board, to answer important questions about graduate student progress. This research was partially funded by the NSF IGERT for nanotechnology and the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) grant.

The student tracking system created by CWD includes three questionnaires. One is administered to students upon entry to the program, the next is administered to students at the end of each year in the program, and the last is administered shortly after graduation from the program.

  • Blaser, B., Wheeless, A. & Litzler, E. (2007). “Enhanced Connections: Making Changes to Mentoring Programs for Science and Engineering Graduate Students.” WEPAN Annual Meeting Proceedings, Orlando, FL.
  • Wheeless, A., Blaser, B. & Litzler, E. (2007). “Mentoring of graduate students in STEM: Perceptions and Outcomes”. ASEE Annual Meeting Proceedings, Honolulu.

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