STEM Results Profile of the Day- American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on October 24, 2012
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 150,000 members, donors, and supporters; 1,000 branches; and more than 650 college/university partner members. AAUW empowers women through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For more than 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s Mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
In 2010, AAUW published Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, an in-depth report detailing eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers to women in STEM fields. Every year 800, 12-13 year old girls participate in AAUW's Tech Trek, a science and math camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women. AAUW also organizes Tech Savvy, a daylong STEM career conference designed to develop the interest of sixth through ninth grade girls in STEM fields. AAUW also publishes Spotlight on STEM, a quarterly e-newsletter for AAUW members and supporters nationwide working to encourage girls to study STEM. In FY 2011–12, AAUW awarded $3.7 million dollars for 240 fellowships and grants.