The inclusion of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is one of the goals of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, with a new vision on current social and economic issues. PUCRS is in line with this global movement and seeks to evidence the critical role women play in these areas.
Our faculty comprises recognized women researchers in various areas, who are engaged in solving major issues in society. On that line, we are attentive and constantly working to welcome our female students to STEM programs, providing development and opportunities throughout their training at several levels.
The project Girls in Computer Science is an initiative for women to receive training in the field of computing. The project is now in its 2nd edition, with all the funding coming from POATEK. The first edition, which started in 2019, has awarded financial aid to two students in the Computer Science program. Also in this first edition, the project awarded a full scholarship for a Master’s student in the Graduate Program in Computer Science at PUCRS.
In the second edition, which began in Aug 2021, the company is awarding financial aid to three other students in the Computer Science program. In addition to financial support, the students are being tutored by a faculty member and a professional from the awarding company, as they receive support for their professional career and how to write their rèsumès.
The project is intended to assist, provide training and evoke the feeling of belonging for women in the areas of Exact Sciences and Technologies at the School of Technology of PUCRS. Under the initiative, a number of events, training sessions and lectures are held with women who are reference in their fields to encourage other women in these areas and help them to get into the labor market or the academia. They also go to high schools to talk and providing instruction to students about their careers. E-mail: [email protected].