Diana M. Lopez Robledo

Work place: University of Puerto Rico in Ponce - Business Administration and Computer Science Department, Ponce, Puerto Rico, USA

E-mail: diana.lopez2@upr.edu


Research Interests: Computer systems and computational processes, Information Systems, Information Retrieval, Multimedia Information System


Diana M. López Robledo is an Assistant Professor in Business Administration and Computer Science Department at University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. She has received a DBA from University of Turabo and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Florida International University.

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Programming as an Option for Females in Undergraduate Studies

By Diana M. Lopez Robledo

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijeme.2019.01.01, Pub. Date: 8 Jan. 2019

A gender gap exists in undergraduate studies of different careers related to technology.  Previous research investigated differences among gender in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers and other investigated what influences females to choose a career in computer science.  Therefore, an exploratory study was conducted to examine high school student’s perceptions about a technology career in Puerto Rico.  The participants on this study were students in different private and public high schools in Puerto Rico, specifically sophomores, juniors and seniors’ females.  A sample (n) of 26 female students answered a questionnaire after attending an introductory programming workshop.  All of the participants considered the programming workshop as a good experience and they would be interested in attending, and also recommend other girls to attend, future programming events.  Results suggest that the highest influence for them to pursue undergraduate studies on a technology program comes from female teachers, mother, and male teachers.

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