STEM Education and Careers

Women in STEM: Online Graduate School Scholarships, a guide to promoting online graduate school programs, has corralled available opportunities for women seeking STEM scholarships toward graduate school, tips on how to obtain the scholarships, and more. Click here to view the available opportunities.

Work-Based Learning: An Employer's Guide

A new resource from Change the Equation focuses on helping employers understand work-based learning, the benefits it offers for businesses and students, and how to get started with opportunities.

Encourage the Next Generation of STEM Professionals

View from QIn A View from the Q, ASQ CEO Bill Troy shares his thoughts on why STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – education is so important when engaging students in their primary and secondary learning. The post highlights a 2015 ASQ survey in which teens were asked to share their thoughts about multiple STEM topics.

ASQ Education Brief - STEM special edition

The February 2015 issue of the ASQ Education Brief, a special edition on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, includes Dr. Cindy Veenstra, past ASQ Education Division chair, discussing the latest innovations in engineering education and offering suggestions for how ASQ members can help develop future engineers and scientists.

2014 Best Paper Announcement:
"Quality Comes Alive"

QAHE V4i1Quality Approaches in Higher Education has selected a case study in healthcare education as the recipient of its best paper award for 2014.

The open-access paper (PDF) by Rosa K. Hand, Mary A. Dolansky, E. Erin Hanahan, Vinothini M. Sundaram, and Nancy Tinsley presents a model for academic and clinical faculty to partner and teach quality improvement to interdisciplinary teams.

Teaching Operations Research Using the Zombie Apocalypse Problem

QAHE Zombies Operations ResearchIvan G. Guardiola's article for the September 2014 Quality Approaches in Higher Education (QAHE) details how the pop-culture theme of a zombie apocalypse provided a large, unstructured problem to help teach operations research tools and methods in an engaging way.

Identifying Best Practices for STEM Intervention Programs

QAHE SIPs URMsAlso in the September 2014 QAHE, Raina Dyer-Barr explores the perspectives of STEM Intervention Programs (SIP) administrators, focusing on programs aimed at increasing the recruitment and retention of minority undergraduates traditionally underrepresented in STEM.

Find more articles focusing on student engagement, systematic quality improvements, and improving student support in the September 2014 issue of QAHE.

Community Involvement in STEM Learning

SR Community STEM

In the April 2014 issue of Journal for Quality and Participation, David Davis and Cindy Veenstra explore community involvement and development within the umbrella of the ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility, especially as it relates to STEM learning.

Fear of Taking Risks Keeps Students from Seeking STEM Careers 

STEM InterviewIn this television news interview, Laurel Nelson Rowe discusses results of an ASQ study revealing that teenagers are afraid to fail and therefore may not be willing to pursue risk-taking careers in STEM fields.  

Read the press release detailing the results of the study.

How Are You Changing the Conversation?

KC discussion iconThe National Academy of Engineering has created an online toolkit for promoting new messages for improving the public understanding of engineering.

Find examples of messages, ideas for taking action, and other resources you can use to "change the conversation" about engineering. 

Percentage of Female Staff at Engineering/Technical Organizations 

Percentage of Female Staff at Engineering and Technical OrganizationsData from a benchmarking study (members only) show that organizations continue to struggle to recruit and retain women for key positions in STEM fields.

At participating technical/engineering organizations, women held far fewer management, specialist, and executive positions than women at organizations from other industries.    

Dream Your Future

Dream Your Future STEM HandoutThis handout from the ASQ Education Division features a curated list of inspirational STEM resources for middle school and high school girls.


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Collected Proceedings from Three Years of Advancing the STEM Agenda

STEM Conference Proceedings coverProceedings from the 2011-2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference series are available in a collection from the Education Division. 

Find links to presentations and papers on topics such as improving STEM education, K-12 STEM outreach, and collaboration between educators and industry to support the STEM pipeline.

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