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IIE Launches Webinar Series to Support Brazilian Women in STEM Fields

Center for Women's Leadership Initiatives to lead panel on career paths for women

SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK, November 29, 2012—The Institute of International Education, in partnership with the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and the global engineering firm CH2M HILL, will host a series of webinars starting November 29th to support emerging women leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields who are studying in the United States as part of the Government of Brazil’s “Scientific Mobility Program”.
In 2011, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced the creation of a new scholarship program called Ciência sem Fronteiras, known in the U.S. as the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, a multiyear initiative to send 75,000 fully funded Brazilian students abroad for training in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, with an additional 25,000 scholarships expected to be funded by the private sector.

The program was created to promote scientific research, invest in and fund educational resources within Brazil and outside of the country, increase international cooperation in science and technology, and initiate and engage students in a global dialogue through international education. Scholarships are available for students to study in their choice of one of more than 12 countries. The United States currently hosts the largest number of these Brazilian students, followed by France, Portugal, and Spain.

To better serve the approximately 600 women who are currently in the United States as part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Undergraduate Program, IIE conducted a survey to gauge their interest in joining a "Women in STEM" network and in participating in occasional webinars, and in creating networks on social media. Based on enthusiastic feedback from the survey respondents, IIE, together with the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and CH2M HILL, developed a series of webinars to be held during this academic year.

The first webinar on “Career Paths for Women in STEM” will focus on the successes and challenges of women leaders in the STEM fields, and will take place at 12:00 p.m. EST Thursday, November 29th. IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives will moderate the panel, which will include a top executive from CH2M HILL, a leading scientist from the National Cancer Institute, and a leading engineer from Juniper Networks.

View a recording of the webinar after the event

IIE also launched a private Facebook group, which now has nearly 300 members drawn from women participating in the Brazil Scientific Mobility program, to serve as a forum for discussion among the scholarship participants.

IIE has been working closely with the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Brazil, with CAPES, the Brazilian federal agency Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior, and with CNPq, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, an organization within the Ministry of Science and Technology, over the past year on bringing the undergraduate students in this program, now titled the Brazil Scientific Mobility Undergraduate Program, to the United States to complete up to one year of non-degree study, in addition to an academic training or internship component.

In early 2013, IIE will publish a new book, “Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change” as part of its series of Global Education Research Reports issued in partnership with the AIFS Foundation.


Trish Tierney 
Director, Center for Women's Leadership Initiatives
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