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Dr. Elizabeth Creamer"Research, publication, and outreach about gender issues has been central to my work for many years. Partnering with the WSKC allows me to share my research findings in a focused and visible way with the STEM community."

Tracking Trends in Gender & STEM Publications (TTGSP)

A Database for Tracking Trends in Gender and STEM Publications; Supported by: GSE 0832913

Dr. Elizabeth G. Creamer, PI, Virginia Tech

There is now a sizable body of knowledge about factors related to women's recruitment and success in STEM fields. This project sought to contribute to the infrastructure or knowledge capital in the field by providing access to a set of visualizations that synthesize trends in this body of literature over time. These create the opportunity to promote scholarship and enhance practice in under-studied areas.


  1. Trace changes over time in the topics and methods used to conduct research about gender and STEM.
  2. Demonstrate the impact of funding on the generation of knowledge by tracking the percentage of publications reporting funding support over time.
  3. Promote cross-disciplinary dialogue about programs and research designed to promote women's interest and success in STEM fields.
  4. Identify under-studied topics, methods, and groups.
  5. Partner with the WEPAN Knowledge Center to provide access to a large database of over 900 articles about gender and STEM.

What's New with TTGSP?

TTGSP - My Motivation for Undertaking this Project

I published my first paper related to the recruitment and retention of women in science, technology, and engineering fields (STEM) in the mid-1980s at a time when I was a faculty member in Women's Studies at Virginia Tech. Ever since then, research, publication, and outreach about gender issues has continued to be central to my work. 
I remember exactly when and where the idea for this project was born. In June 2012 I found myself sitting in a conference room during the annual NSF meeting for PIs listening with considerable skepticism to the arguments for why the GSE program was going to merged with another program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). GSE has served as avenue for innovative research and programs for more than 20 years. 
For someone who has been engaged with gender issues since the mid-1980s, the arguments presented that day at the PI meeting were familiar. The fundamental argument was that that many programs at NSF supported research with a gender focus and that the opportunities to secure funding to conduct research about gender and STEM would not diminish with the merger. We were assured that if we submitted a proposal in the future, that we would find reviewers who would be receptive to research that had a gender focus. 
I left the meeting disappointed and suspicious about the claim that other programs at NSF were also funding research with a gender focus.  My sense was that presence of the GSE program had recruited a new and larger generation of researchers to gender and STEMs topic and I wanted to find some way to prove that.
What are the Goals of the Project?  (About TGSP)
  • To promote cross-disciplinary research and evidence-base practice by providing a sortable database of gender and STEM publications (1995-2012) available through the WEPAN Knowledge Center.
  • To create ways to demonstrate the impact of the GSE program.
  • To provide downloadable graphics that capture major trends in the literature.