Study Abroad Short: Madrid, Spain with the Program for Women in Science and Engineering
The focus of the program is a comparative analysis of issues facing women in science and engineering here in the United States and how those issues are different/similar for women internationally. We have selected the location of Spain due to the high percentage of women in the science and engineering workforce (42% in Spain compared to 23% in the U.S.). The program would also provide students the opportunity to explore the broader social, economic, political, and historical contexts of these two countries. Students will enroll in INST 295x and receive 2-credits towards their International Perspectives requirements in Spring 2013.
In addition to pre- and post-coursework students would have opportunities to
- tour science & engineering facilities
- meet with professional scientists and engineers
- meet with university students and faculty
- engage in the culture of the destination
At the end of the program, students will:
- develop a basic understanding of the geography, cultural, economic, political, educational, and social systems of Spain,
- be able to compare and contrast the experiences and issues (in higher education and in the workplace) surrounding women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines in the U.S. and Spain,
- gain an understanding of the globalization of STEM, and
- understand the relationship and intersection of current issues in Spain and the U.S., and their impact on STEM education and careers.
- Thursday, March 14, 2013: Depart Iowa State University
Des Moines International Airport (DSM) to Madrid, Spain (MAD)
- Friday, March 15, 2013: Arrive Madrid, Spain (a.m.)
Sightseeing tour, cultural overview of Madrid
- Saturday, March 16, 2013
Morning: cultural overview specific to the education system and women in the workforce
Afternoon: Royal Palace (including the historical Royal Pharmacy, and armory) with lesson on negotiating the metro
Dinner: Group Meal - Tapas bar dinner/early for Spain
- Sunday, March 17, 2013
Afternoon: Free time and time for student class projects
Evening: Optional Bullfight (only night this is available while we are there)
- Monday, March 18, 2013
Morning: John Deere Iberia: tour facility, meet with female STEM employees, lunch
Afternoon: Spanish-owned Company
Evening: Flamenco Dancing
- Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Morning: Cargill: tour facility, meet with female STEM employees, lunch
Afternoon: Visit with female undergraduates in STEM majors/faculty at a university
- Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Day Trip: Toledo + Olive Farm
- Thursday, March 21, 2013
Afternoon: Sightseeing in Madrid
- Friday, March 22, 2013
Day Trip: Segovia: Roman Aqueducts, Castle (military engineering), etc.
- Saturday, March 23, 2013
Morning: classroom space: trip wrap up and reflection – preparation for return trip and project work time also
Afternoon: Free time (souvenir shopping, etc.)
- Sunday, March 24, 2013
Travel Day: Return to Ames, Iowa
The total cost of the Study Abroad Short is estimated at $3200 for the 10-day experience. Scholarships from the Program for Women in Science and Engineering in the amount of $500 to $1000 are available.
Priority will be given to students who are:
- Participating in a Women in Science & Engineering Learning Community (first-year, second-year or transfer)
- Majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math major (a complete list can be found at: http://www.pwse.iastate.edu/wisemajors.html).
Applications will require:
- Statement of Interest (approximately 300 words)
- One (1) Letter of Recommendation
Lora Leigh Chrystal has been the On-Campus Coordinator for the Program for Women in Science and Engineering for over twelve years. She coordinates all of the programs for our learning communities programs and has a background in issues facing women in science and engineering. She has lived abroad (Abu Dhabi, Canada, Singapore) and has traveled extensively in Europe (Spain, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the U.K.), as well as in Thailand, Hong Kong, Egypt among others. Ms. Chrystal holds a bachelor’s degree in History, a Master’s degree in the History of Technology and Science and is ABD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University.