Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The STEM of Any Flower: An Undergraduate Foundation

If you’re thinking about a STEM career, I encourage you to read Lauren Bertin’s article, “The STEM of Any Flower: An Undergraduate Foundation” published on September 12, 2012.

Article Highlights Include

"Recent literature suggests that attending a single-sex college offers distinct benefits for women when compared to attending a co-ed institution, especially for those interested in STEM. Women in single-sex institutions are not only more likely to earn STEM baccalaureate degrees, but also more likely to continue on to obtain doctorates, according to research by the Women’s College Coalition. 

Anastasia Hyrina graduated last May from Mount Holyoke, an all-women’s college, and is going on to pursue a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. She explains that attending a single-sex school “felt like home - very friendly and very supportive. I had many great women, who were my role models.” 

In 2010, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) released a report addressing why the STEM education system after high school seems to be failing women. The document stressed that women’s underrepresentation in STEM is largely the result of gendered norms and the learning environment."

To read the entire article, click here.

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