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2/7/2012 08:05 PM EST
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GREATTerry
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GREATTerry   2/9/2012 3:31:42 AM
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Good idea to recruitment. Some talents may only want to work at cutting-edge start-ups rather than the giants. Will the students be shifted around among different start-up during the internship? I bet this is also a very good experience for the students.

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eewiz   2/8/2012 5:29:23 PM
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Right on! And why use stats from a single univ, when u have more comprehensive records collected from multiple universities over a span of 17 years!

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bpd   2/8/2012 4:42:23 AM
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Sylvie, shouldn't we have taken KP's word when they clearly say “The caliber of students who applied to our program was extremely high, making the selection process very difficult". How can you claim not to be a chauvinist when you are clearly gender biased. It's like me asking why there aren't enough men in HR ? You can drag this whichever ways. What about minorities, Vets, disabled ? Don't they deserve better representation. I think we've come a long way since Rosa Parks !!

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goafrit   2/8/2012 1:25:39 AM
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Very innovative and very lucky students, indeed. Just have a resume that has this iconic company means good life after college.

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SylvieBarak   2/8/2012 12:07:14 AM
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Hi elPresidente, Thanks for your stats. According to the numbers from Cornell University College, based on the Engineering undergraduate student profile there were 70% male, 30% female students out of 3051 total enrollment. (Source: Cornell.) So, based on those numbers, it should have been 7 girls (7.5 technically, but I'll give them 7... or even 5 as you suggest). It's the 24 to 1 ratio that is disconcerting. I assure you I had absolutely no intention of baiting or being a chauvinist (I'm pretty sure I'm not:) I was simply pointing out the facts of those numbers. I do find it a little sad that KP, who is investing in tech's future here in the valley, couldn't make a little bit more of an effort to at least mirror industry stats of women in the workplace. In a society that prides itself on being equal opportunity, I think KP should perhaps have made more of an effort to reflect that. Of course, it's very well possible that there were simply no good female candidates that applied, but since KP has not responded to my request for comment, I wouldn't speculate on it. I think that running a program like this for young engineers is great. I certainly applaud KP for the initiative. It would just be nice to see them encouraging more young women to enter the tech space.

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elPresidente   2/7/2012 10:57:00 PM
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The other girls were obviously off making sandwiches..... Come on, Silvie - why are you baiting with an allegation of gender discrimination in this piece when it's unwarranted? Begging the question makes you a chauvinist and an apparently poorly researched journalist. You stated the criteria for selection "attracted thousands of applications from over 100 universities in the United States, with just 25 picked from the crop". 24 happened to be guys based on the likely selection criterion of grades and experience, from a pool of candidates where the overwhelming majority (80%) of graduates are male. http://chronicle.com/article/Female-Students-Just-as/47933/ By those numbers there should have been 5 girls, there was one. That is in the noise of the selection criterion that precludes gender bias, which anyone with an engineering degree and access to Google can figure out. Do you have these?

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