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Program Need:

    Research was conducted by reviewing national statistics and verbal surveys were conducted in Medway/Sydenham Hall Residence here on the U.W.O. Campus. The results indicated that there was a strong interest and desire to help other women succeed in their desired programs. Many of the women surveyed indicated a strong affirmation to becoming a "Big Sister" to an incoming first year female Science student. This program is about a grass-roots effort of women supporting women. The need for such a program is demonstrated in the literature.

    Facts:

  1. One study in the U.S. followed 2000 girls expressing an interest in Science through highschool and college. Only 20 of those original 2000 received a BS degree in the Natural Sciences.

  2. Stereotypes of women felt by many are:

    bulletIf I kept quiet, I was invisible in the classroom.
    bulletIf I opened my mouth, I was considered aggressive
    bulletIf I complained, I was considered a troublemaker.

  3.    The male to female ratio in Science and Engineering is roughly 30 to 1(UWO).

  4.   There have been only 9 Nobel Prize awarded to women in the 3 science categories
         (Physics, Chemistry and Physiology and Medicine) out of a potential 469 prizes
         that have been awarded since 1901. This includes the laureates from this year also.

  5.   Only 11% of all full professorships in all fields of science and engineering are held by women.

  6.  45% of incoming first year women who had indicated an interest in Science shrunk to 15% actually        majoring in Science.

  7.   In most recent Canadian stats, the total number of degrees compared to the 

        number of women that they were awarded to are;

bulletEngineering & Applied Sciences:        21.1% or 2,709/12,830
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Agriculture & Biological Sciences:       60.9% or 7,430/12,209
bulletMathematics & Physical Sciences:       31.2% or 3,116/9,992

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Western’s Statistics on the status of Women holding Professorships in Science:

SCIENCE FACTS 2002
Students - first year ---> 561 out of 1,026
Students - undergrad (incl. first year) ---> 1,800 out of 3559
Students - masters ---> 88 out of 201
Students - Ph.d ---> 44 out of 167

Faculty ---> 27 out of 201
Biology - 6 out of 44
Chemistry - 3 out of 46
Computer Science - 5 out of 31
Earth Science - 2 out of 19
Math/Applied Math/Stats - 5 out of 72
Physics/Astronomy - 1 out of 23

HEALTH SCI 2002
Students - first year ---> 590 out of 801
Students - undergrad (incl. first year) ---> 1933 out of 2638
Students - masters ---> 198 out of 242
Students - Ph.D ---> 22 out of 43
Faculty - 51 out of 98

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