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Brittany Arthur receives ASEE Best New Presenter Award

The Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education (ELCE) announced today that Brittany Arthur, assistant professor and computer engineering co-op advisor, was awarded the Best New Presenter Award by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) for her research presentation examining the experiences of undergraduate women in engineering.

Arthur’s presentation, Using Participatory Action Research to Examine the Experiences of Undergraduate Women in Engineering,” was shared during the ASEE Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration. It details her research which utilizes participatory action research as a theoretical framework to better understand the experiences of undergraduate women in engineering and uses this information to take action and create real, positive change.

Prof. Brittany Arthur

Prof. Brittany Arthur

“Despite a continuous effort to increase women in undergraduate STEM majors, women are still lagging behind in the field of engineering,” said Arthur. “We’ve made little to no progress recruiting and retaining female engineers. I think it’s important that we ask ourselves, ‘Who’s not at the table? Who hasn’t been invited? Who doesn’t feel welcome?’ Those questions raise awareness and can begin to break down barriers so that more women explore the field of engineering, enroll, and experience successful careers.”

“Brittany’s work is incredibly important because it demonstrates the Inclusive Excellence UC strives to bring out in our students, faculty, and staff,” said Helen Chen, associate provost and executive director of ELCE. “By valuing each person’s unique background, experience, and perspective, we are creating positive change for undergraduate women in engineering.”

Arthur is a student-centered educator who is dedicated to student success through transformative learning. As a co-op advisor and educator she strives to ensure student success through reflective and authentic conversations. Her research interests involve using participatory action research methods to improve the experiences of students within engineering and in cooperative education.