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Breaking the Code: Canadian Women in Computer Science Education from 1945-1995 History PhD thesis in progress

Jennifer Thivierge, PhD Student in history at the University of Ottawa

Jennifer Thivierge is a PhD candidate in the department of history at the University of Ottawa. Her thesis considers the history of Canadian women in computer science. The time frame extends from the Second World War until the dot-com bubble in 1995. Her research will consider the creation of computer science programs at four Canadian universities through analysis of historical documents, and interviews from both men and women who participated in computer science programs. This thesis expects to fill the major existing gap in the scholarship on women’s participation in Canadian computer science education.

Transition from University to Work for 2009/2010 Bachelor of Engineering Graduates in Canada: A Feminist Quantitative Study Sociology PhD thesis in progress

Victoria Osten Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Ottawa

Victoria Osten is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her thesis analyses transition from University to the workforce for BEng graduates from Canadian publicly funded universities programs. The analysis focuses on two main points of the transition: the duration of the job search to the first engineering job, and the first engineering job characteristics such as income and permanency. The analysis of the transition from university to work for these graduates draws on feminist literature and utilizes the data from the Statistics Canada National Graduates Survey 2013 and quantitative methods. This thesis aim is to fill the existing gap in the scholarship on the BEng graduates from Canadian University transition to workforce and factors affecting this transition.

Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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