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Michigan State University women making a difference in global health, February 11, 2020

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Michigan State University’s (MSU) Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) is expanding opportunities in engineering, especially for women. In the fall 2019 semester, women comprised 54% of the 235 undergraduate students enrolled in the biosystems engineering program.

Also, female BAE students are graduating at higher rates from MSU. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 67% of biosystems engineering bachelor’s degrees were awarded to women, the highest percentage in MSU engineering programs. Nationally, women received 21% of all engineering bachelor’s degrees in 2017, according to the American Society for Engineering Education.

In honor of the UN’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Feb. 11), we are highlighting three women BAE researchers who have been leading the way in their STEM careers and teaching the next generation of biosystems engineers. Evangelyn Alocilja, Ilce Medina Meza and Jade Mitchell are advancing public health and making global impacts through their research of diseases such as tuberculosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Legionnaires'.

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