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Future Girls @ The Beach Mentoring Program

Engineering Girls
Jennifer Didlo ’02, President of AES Southland, inspires future female engineers. 

Mentors are critical in inspiring and motivating more young girls to pursue STEM fields. The CSULB College of Engineering and local schools are partnering to build confidence and engage girls in STEM fields beginning in middle and high school. The program provides:

  • Opportunities to be mentored by CSULB female engineering students and faculty
  • Exposure to various engineering careers
  • Engineering Honors Program priority
  • Scholarship and internship priority

The Future Girls @ The Beach Mentoring Program is open to students in grades 8, 9, 10 with a minimum 3.0 overall G.P.A. Students must maintain that G.P.A. to continue to remain eligible. To apply when registration opens for the next session, submit:

  • Future Girls @ The Beach Mentoring Program Application
  • Official Transcripts
  • SBAC/STAR Report
  • Recommendation Letter from a counselor or teacher

Women Engineers @ the Beach

SWE EventWomen Engineers @ the Beach, co-produced with the CSULB section of the Society of Women Engineers, inspires young women to pursue engineering careers. Each semester, 200-400 female students from Southern California high schools, visit the CSULB College of Engineering to meet faculty, gain hands-on experience, and tour the engineering labs.

The U.S. is in critical need of trained technology professionals to join the workforce. According to the President's Council of Advisors on Science & Technology, the U.S. must increase the number of STEM graduates by 34 percent to meet the increased demand for STEM graduates.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that IT will be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy, adding nearly 1.4 million job openings by 2020. Over two- thirds of these jobs could go unfilled due to the insufficient pool of college graduates with computing-related degrees.

Women represent a vastly untapped talent pool. Currently, women comprise only 18 percent of the engineering workforce. As of 2012, women were awarded about 19 percent of undergraduate degrees and 23 percent of graduate degrees. A lack of female engineering role models, misconceptions of what it's like to be an engineer, and having fewer technical problem-solving opportunities through K-12 compared to men are believed to be contributing factors to fewer women studying engineering. As of fall 2014, 16 percent of CSULB engineering students were women.