RPI: AFTER THE FIRST 118 YEARS - Research Presentation focusing on the women of Rensselaer

April 2, 2018

When: April 18, 5p.m.

Where: Fischbach Room, Folsom Library

When were women accepted as students? Who was the first woman appointed as full professor? Come and learn about the Institute’s history and the role of women at RPI by senior Brooke Hayden. During the summer of 2017, Brooke was afforded the opportunity to work in the Institute Archives and Special Collections as an undergraduate research assistant. Her main task was to thoroughly research the history of women. Brooke discovered a complex matrix of interwoven collections in the archives as she began to "uncover history." Her research led to interviews with a variety of individuals—students, staff and faculty—to gather a contemporary historical record from living sources.

As an example, Lois Graham was a member of the first class of women entering RPI in 1942 and was one of the institute's first two women graduates in 1945. She also became the first woman inducted into Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, in 1944 (pictured).

Together, with Linda Schadler, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, and Jenifer Monger, Assistant Institute Archives, Brooke will share her research findings with the Rensselaer community with the hope to inspire other projects. Refreshments will be served at the end of the event.