2024 Best DEI Paper Award Finalists

2024 Best DEI Paper Award Finalists

Dear ASEE Community,

We are excited to celebrate the exceptional contributions of our members in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within engineering education. This year, 29 nominations from across ASEE were received for the Best DEI Paper Award, showcasing remarkable research and dedication to DEI.

Congratulations to Our Finalists!

We are pleased to announce the four finalist papers for the Best DEI Paper Award:

ūüüĘ Leveraging the CARE Methodology to Enhance Pedagogical and Institutional Support for Blind or Low-Vision (BLV) Learners in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) by Aya Mouallem, Trisha Kulkarni, Sheri D. Sheppard: This groundbreaking discussion on the CARE Methodology supports BLV learners in ECE. Discover how this approach is transforming educational support and inclusivity for blind and low-vision students in engineering. (Read the Paper)¬†Nominated from the¬†Electrical & Computer Engineering¬†Division

ūüüĘ Impacting Engineering Students’ Perceptions of DEI through Real-Life Narratives and In-Class Discussions with an Empathetic Lens¬†by Lisa K. Davids, Jeff R. Brown, Joseph Roland Keebler, Jenna Korentsides:¬†Explore how real-life narratives and empathetic in-class discussions are reshaping engineering students’ views on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn how storytelling can be a powerful tool in DEI education.¬†(Read the Paper).¬†Nominated¬†from the¬†Women in Engineering¬†Division

ūüüĘ In a Woman’s Voice: An Alternative Gamification of The Oregon Trail¬†by John K. Estell, Lisa Graham Robeson, Ye Hong, Stephany Coffman-Wolph:¬†This innovative approach to gamification reimagines the Oregon Trail, featuring a female protagonist. It sheds light on the underrepresented voices of women pioneers, offering a fresh perspective on a classic game.¬†(Read the Paper)¬†Nominated from the¬†Computers in Education¬†Division

ūüüĘ AI’s Visual Representation Gap: Redefining Civil Engineering Workspaces for Early-Career Women by Elizabeth Volpe and Denise Simmons: This presentation tackles the visual representation gap in AI, focusing on civil engineering workspaces for early-career women. Delve into redefining these spaces to better support and empower women in the field. (Read the Paper)¬†Nominated from the¬†Engineering Leadership Development¬†Division

We commend the author teams for their meaningful research and commitment to DEI.

Acknowledging Our Volunteers

This achievement would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of leaders and volunteers across ASEE, including Program chairs and teams, who selected and nominated a paper from 29 divisions, sections, or zones. Additionally, I want to thank the 48 volunteer reviewers who worked diligently and swiftly to review and rate these papers using the CDEI Best Paper Rubric.

Join Us in Portland!

We invite you to join us for the Best DEI Paper session at the Annual Conference in Portland. Support and engage with our finalists as they present their outstanding work:

Date: June 26

Time: 11:30 AM PST

Location: Hyatt Regency Portland, Room: Deschutes B

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I hope you can join us to celebrate and promote excellence in DEI research within the engineering education community. Finally, as you plan your scholarship for next year, access our resources on how to write a great DEI paper here.