Gender imbalance in doctoral education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields raises important questions about the extent to which women experience differential access, encouragement, and opportunity for academic advancement. In the STEM field, animal sciences and mathematics had far more men earning doctorates while forestry, information science/studies and three categories of engineering had more women.
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24 Sep 2014
The participation of diverse groups of individuals in STEM academic and workforce communities is severely lacking, particularly in the context of the nation’s shifting demographic landscape. This brief examines black STEM Ph.D. recipients’ institutional pathways to the doctorate and provides insight into who among black students are earning STEM doctoral degrees, whether black students are earning these degrees at historically black colleges and universities or other types of institutions, and the extent to which they being supported financially in their degree pursuits.
13 Mar 2014
A recent ACT report offers new perspectives on the achievement gap between White and Asian students and their African-American, Hispanic, and Native American peers. In this blog post, Courtney Tanenbaum discusses how to address the fact that the academic achievement gap that exists in general for ethnically diverse students is even more pronounced among those interested in the STEM fields, and the importance of having a science identity.