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Abstract

This paper summarizes the findings of a five-year study aimed at improving the retention rates of female students pursuing careers in engineering. The study analyzed a series of programs implemented at the University of Toledo. The programs involve hands-on design projects, research experiences, communication tools geared towards females, mentoring programs, and on-the-job rotations aimed at sparking enthusiasm and interest in engineering. The effectiveness of the programs over time is measured from the rates of female retention from the freshman to sophomore year. These programs may serve as models for other universities interested in improving opportunities and success rates for female engineers.

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