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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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.