Ongoing Projects

Le génie au service des femmes : Rethinking the Faces and Spaces of Engineering

There has been a long-standing effort to interest women in the engineering profession. This study, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), takes an approach that seems unexplored until now: that of engineering by women for women, where women can work on issues that interest or concern them. To do this, we are conducting interviews and questionnaires with people in engineering (including faculty, students, and professionals in the field). We wish to know:

  1. How these individuals view engineering;
  2. The importance placed on women’s contributions to engineering and the role of female engineers as agents of change;
  3. Barriers that hinder female engineers;
  4. Concrete suggestions that can incentivize and encourage female engineers.

Le génie au service de la société : Inspiring a Cleaner World  

A sub-project of Le génie au service des femmes : Rethinking the Faces and Spaces of Engineering was developed to allow the public, but more specifically students and teachers, to become aware of the global issues we face, while highlighting how engineers contribute to solving these issues.

Visible Minorities in the Teaching Profession: More than 25 Years after the University of Ottawa’s Access Program

This study seeks to evaluate the results of the Educational Access Program implemented at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education in 1994 to encourage members of visible minorities to enter the teaching profession. We are interested to know whether the program has been successful in recruiting more visible minority students into the teacher education program. We are also seeking to answer additional questions, including:

  • Are these individuals successfully completing the program of study?
  • Have there been any changes in admission and retention requirements in the teacher education program?
  • Have there been any modifications to the content and pedagogical practices employed to accommodate the needs, interests, and expectations of visible minority students?

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