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ENG 194: Women in Engineering Seminar FAQs

What are the advantages to taking the Women in Engineering Seminar?

  • Hear experiences from working women engineers as they relay stories of their careers and personal successes
  • Have your decision to choose engineering or to choose a particular major in engineering reinforced by interaction with speakers and peers
  • Discover various career paths in engineering through guest speakers who address nearly all engineering disciplines
  • Learn about different opportunities and resources provided by Purdue that will assist with your transition from high school to college
  • Meet other women in First-Year Engineering (FYE)
  • Experience a unique opportunity for FYE students to network with engineering professionals in a seminar class:
    • We create and maintain strong relationships with our female alumni and many serve as speakers in the ENGR 194 seminar and are eager to connect with current students
    • ENGR 194 students can talk to our guest speakers after class, exchange contact information and may also go to lunch with the speaker, if your class schedule allows

How well does the course meet student expectations?

Here are some quotes from students enrolled in ENGR 194:

“My expectations were very high...and my expectations were passed. This was my most inspiring class and I learned a broader scope of information.”

“I expected interesting presentations. The women that came in went above and beyond my expectations and helped keep me excited about engineering.”

“I was encouraged every week to keep going, which was awesome! I enjoyed true stories of women who were once in my shoes.”

“I expected this seminar to be more just about the types of careers you could get as an engineer. I was pleasantly surprised that this was covered but also the different paths the women took to get where they are now were also covered.” 

How will my grade be decided in this course?

  • Grades in ENGR 194 are based on attendance, assignments, and short reflection papers (e.g., impact of course on your career plans; interviews with upperclassmen in engineering)

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