Katarina Pantic and Dr. Jody Clarke-Midura Presented at the Women's Early Career and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Katarina Pantic, a doctoral candidate, and Dr. Jody Clarke-Midura presented preliminary findings from their research at the Women's Early Career and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The presentation was in a poster format.
 
Dr. Jody Clark-Midura and Katarina Pantic in front of their poster

Katarina Pantic in front of their poster

The ceremony was sponsored by Utah State's Center for Women and Gender. The center awarded Dr. Clarke-Midura and Katarina Pantic a grant for the 2017-2018 academic year to conduct research of factors influencing women to persist in their computer science majors, where the majority of student population is male (over 80%).

This study has been designed as part of Pantic's dissertation. Pantic explained that the opportunity to present the poster "provided significant feedback for further data analysis and grant writing". She said, "This grant has been paramount in broadening Dr. Clarke-Midura's research on underrepresentation of women in computer science ... We hope that it would raise awareness among other PhD students that there are opportunities out there for which they can apply and get the necessary financial support to conduct their research and produce high-quality dissertation work."

Katarina Pantic showing their poster to another woman
Both Dr. Clarke-Midura and Pantic have been working on a variety of projects focusing on the issue of underrepresentation of women in computer science. This particular project is focusing on retention of women, which is the most prominent in the first two years of undergraduate studies, resulting in only 18% of graduates with a Bachelor's degree in computer science being female. In Utah, this number is even smaller. To add to the existing literature, Clarke-Midura and Pantic decided to focus on those women who persist (rather than drop out) and investigate the specific resources, support systems and learning opportunities that were available to them. Pantic explained, “the goal being to transfer that understanding and knowledge into building new support systems for female persistence in this major.”

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