MentorNet: lessons learned from electronic communities for women engineers

Peg Boyle Single, Carol B. Muller, Christine M. Cunningham

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Abstract

Electronic communications are providing unprecedented opportunities for the development of communities among people of diverse location and similar interests. This paper examines electronic communities sponsored by MentorNet, the National Electronic Industrial Mentoring Network for Women in Engineering and Science, which sponsors electronic discussion lists to foster the development of communities among women engineering and science students with men and women professional engineers and scientists. In this research paper, we identify electronic discussion lists that evolved into electronic communities and investigate what distinguishes these communities. The lists that organically evolved into electronic communities maintained three to four simultaneous discussions, included diverse perspectives within a focused general topic, and had new topics raised periodically, either explicitly, in the form of a question, or implicitly, as part of a larger description or story. The professionals who participated in the electronic communities kept the list active by periodically seeding the list with discussion topics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages37-43
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS '99) 'Women and Technology: Historical, Societal, and Professional Perspectives' - New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Duration: Jul 29 1999Jul 31 1999

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 1999 International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS '99) 'Women and Technology: Historical, Societal, and Professional Perspectives'
CityNew Brunswick, NJ, USA
Period7/29/997/31/99

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Single, P. B., Muller, C. B., & Cunningham, C. M. (1999). MentorNet: lessons learned from electronic communities for women engineers. 37-43. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1999 International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS '99) 'Women and Technology: Historical, Societal, and Professional Perspectives', New Brunswick, NJ, USA, .