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  1. A class of AWARES participants during one of the graduations

    AWARES Holds Virtual Graduations to Celebrate Class of 2019-2020

    May 5, 2020

    The AWARES program took the celebration of its 5th class graduation online amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This year was the largest class of AWARES participants, with 41 students and 41 mentors actively involved. 

  2. The third annual Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Panel was hosted by AWARES earlier this year

    AWARES and SWE Host Panel on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Feb 13, 2020

    Sexual harassment was a widespread topic of conversation two years ago. Although the national discussion has diminished, sexual harassment remains prevalent in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Earlier this month, two Ohio State students shared their experiences of sexual harassment during their respective internships. Rachel Leitson, a junior studying construction systems management, and Allison Whitney, a senior studying material science and engineering, shared their stories in hopes that their words would encourage others to stand up against sexual harassment.

  3. AWARES 2019-2020 is the largest class in program history

    AWARES Starts 5th year with Largest Class in Program History

    Dec 30, 2019

    In October 2019, students and mentors packed the AWARES 2019-2020 kick-off meetings, that had to be held on two nights due to a surge in interest. Tables had to be rearranged and chairs brought in from surrounding offices to accommodate the groups. 56 students make up this year’s class. With mentors, that’s 112 program participants.

  4. Dr. Melissa Briggs-Phillips delivered the 2019 graduation keynote

    AWARES Graduates Fourth Class of Participants

    May 8, 2019

    The Aspiration for Women’s Advancement and Retention in Engineering and Sciences (AWARES) program has just graduated its fourth class of students. Participation has more than doubled this year, with 38 students and 38 mentors actively involved. 

    This year’s graduation keynote speaker was Dr. Melissa Briggs-Phillips, Founder and Owner of Next Generation Behavioral Health, a full service clinical and consulting psychology practice.

  5. Panelists Camille Hébert, Kelli Brennan, and Lesa Litteral (L-R)

    AWARES Winter Meeting Discusses Sexual Harassment in Law, On-Campus, and in the Workplace

    Jan 8, 2019

    For the second year in a row, the Aspiration for Women’s Advancement and Retention in Engineering and Science (AWARES) program dedicated their winter meeting to a panel on sexual harassment in the work place. 

  6. A group of AWARES graduates with their mentors

    AWARES Program Graduates Third Class of Students

    Apr 26, 2018

    Over the course of the past academic year, 17 future engineers and scientists have discussed how to combat a troubling trend in STEM fields: low advancement and retention of women in the workplace. It’s a problem plaguing male-dominated fields that the Aspiration for Women’s Advancement and Retention in Engineering and Science (AWARES) program hopes to change. 

  7. Mentors with their mentees at the AWARES graduation ceremony in April, 2017

    AWARES Program Empowers Women to Stay in Engineering Careers

    Jul 24, 2017

    “The data first got my attention,” said Gonul Kaletunc, Professor of Food Engineering at The Ohio State University’s Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering. “There’s very large drop rates in women in engineering workplaces. 40 percent of women quit their jobs before age 30. It’s a mind-boggling statistic.”

    Kaletunc has worked over the past two years to address the issue of women’s retention in engineering careers through the Aspiration for Women’s Advancement and Retention in Engineering and Sciences (AWARES) program.

  8. AWARES participants during one of their meetings

    New Mentorship Program for Women Engineering Students ‘Very Valuable, Much Needed’

    May 5, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some things just don’t get covered in the classroom.

    That’s one reason why Gonul Kaletunc created a mentoring program for women engineering students at The Ohio State University.

    Although women make up 20 percent of engineering graduates, only 11 percent of the engineering workforce is female, said Kaletunc, professor of food engineering in Ohio State’s colleges of Engineering and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.