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K-State Today

June 3, 2016



Collaborative effort earns Best Diversity Paper award from American Society for Engineering Education

By Mary Rankin

Lydia Yang, assistant professor in the department of special education, counseling and student affairs, and Bette Grauer, assistant dean of retention, diversity and inclusion in the College of Engineering, have received the Best Diversity Paper award from the American Society for Engineering Education, Women in Engineering Division.

Yang and Grauer will present their paper, "The Effect of Financial Support on Academic Achievement and Retention of Female Engineering Students," June 26-29 at the society's 2016 annual conference and exposition in New Orleans.

The Best Diversity Paper award identifies impactful efforts by society member authors who broaden participation in engineering, and influence its future inclusiveness and diversity. Decision criteria include novelty of approach, ideas and interventions, extent of inclusivity, demonstrated impact and communication effectiveness.

The American Society for Engineering Education is a national association that promotes and improves engineering and engineering technology education. Its annual conference and exposition is dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education, with a commitment to foster the exchange of ideas, and enhancing teaching methods and curriculum. The objective of the Women in Engineering Division is to study, promote and improve the role of women in the professions of engineering and engineering technology.