Whitworth Women Studying Computer Science and Mathematics Invited to Annual Luncheon
Whitworth women majoring or minoring in computer science or mathematics
are invited to gather for a free luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from
noon to1 p.m. in the HUB catering room. The purpose of the luncheon
is to give attendees an opportunity to discuss computer science
and math education and career opportunities for women.
Susan Mabry, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science
at Whitworth, says women are underrepresented in both fields.
"Women usually enjoy these fields once they realize there
are vast opportunities and options to specialize in areas of particular
interest to them," Mabry says. "Functions such as the
math/computer science luncheon allow women to network with one another
and not feel so isolated."
Computer science classes often have one or two women and15 to18
men, Mabry says. In addition, only 2 percent of computer-science
Ph.D.s awarded are earned by women, with a large percentage of those
degrees being earned by women from countries other than the United
States. There is a similar discrepancy in the number of women pursuing
degrees in pure mathematics, but the number of women studying to
teach mathematics in elementary school or high school are higher, Mabry says.
The annual luncheon will feature Mabry and Kate Beck, a 2001 Whitworth
graduate with a B.S. in computer science who is a web programmer
for Whitworth's instructional resources department. Mabry and Beck
will discuss topics related to careers and issues for women in computer
science. Assistant Professors in Math and Computer Science Martha
Gady and Donna Pierce will discuss women in mathematics.
Those interested in attending the luncheon may sign up in the Fine
Arts Building, Room 210. The luncheon is free for attendees who register in advance.
For more information about the luncheon, please call Dee Anna Christiansen at (509) 777-3258 or Susan Mabry at (509) 777-4686.
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