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Filed in WPI News Bulletins by on April 20, 2016


Project Presentation Day

The Major Qualifying Project is the senior capstone project completed by every WPI undergraduate. It is a professional-level design or research experience that students usually undertake in teams. Each spring, students present the results of this research on Project Presentation Day. This year’s event will run throughout the day on April 21. The event is open to the public and is a great opportunity to learn about WPI’s project-based curriculum and wide variety of academic disciplines. If you are interested in attending, please call our office at 508-831-5260 or stop by the Career Development Center and we will be happy to orient you to the day’s events.

Report-a-Hire Survey

Have you recently hired a WPI student or graduate for a full-time, part-time, internship, or co-op position? Please let us know about them. This information is extremely helpful as we calculate our outcomes statistics for WPI students and recent graduates.

Equal Pay Day

On April 12, WPI observed Equal Pay Day, a symbolic day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. We joined women and men throughout the country in recognizing the wage gap between working women and men and identifying strategies to address pay inequity.

According to statistics released in 2014 by the United States Census Bureau, women are paid, on average, 79 cents for every dollar their male counterparts are paid. The pay gap is even worse for women of color. While advocates are taking action—see this recent New York Times article about the U.S. women’s soccer team filing a wage-discrimination complaintdata suggests that it could take another 118 years (until 2133) to close the global pay gap.

As part of our commitment to ending pay disparity, WPI marked Equal Pay Day by hosting our third Start Smart workshop for female students. Participants discussed common challenges and strategies for effectively negotiating equal pay.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) coordinates national Equal Pay Day and also observes Asian American Women’s Equal Pay Day in March, African American Women’s Equal Pay Day in August, Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day in September, and Latina Equal Pay Day in October. See what your organization can do to help with the pay gap.

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