The “WOW Initiative,” a new Massachusetts-wide campaign to raise awareness among students in the state of the numerous and varied career opportunities in STEM fields, features 15 inaugural honorees. Among them: Meteorologist Mish Michaels, Red Sox Statistician Bill James, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Researcher Amy Kukulya. These three, along with a dozen other “WOWsters” — professionals with interesting careers in STEM fields — are featured in the colorful poster below. (View PDF)
The California State University (CSU) system is looking to graduate more students with majors in STEM disciplines — a reponse, administrators say, to concerns about the quality of the U.S. labor force. One aspect of CSU’s initiative: a focus on service learning. “It brings STEM to life in a meaningful way,” said Judy Botelho, CSU’s director of the Center for Community Engagement.
On a percentage basis, fewer African-Americans are earning degrees in STEM subjects today than at any other point in the last decade. What’s behind the declining numbers? While the U.S. currently is not known for churning out as many STEM professionals as it used to, there is a particularly notable dearth of new mathematicians, engineers, and scientists among African-Americans.
A study conducted by Georgetown University shows that 65% of people with bachelor’s degrees in STEM subjects make larger salaries than those with master’s degrees in non-STEM subjects. Holders of STEM certificates are sitting pretty, as well; many earn more than people with non-STEM degrees.
MSSEF’s Curious Minds Initiative offers three courses that form the STEM Certificate in Inquiry. Curious Minds builds on nearly six decades of experience and success with more than 28,000 students in Massachusetts. Developed in collaboration with the Education Development Center (EDC), the STEM Certificate in Inquiry is offered in partnership with Framingham State University.
Funded by seed money from the STEM Advisory Council, Massachusetts’ “WOW Initiative,” announced by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray at Tuesday’s STEM Summit, aims to increase awareness among students of career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. It celebrates 15 “WOWsters” — local professionals applying STEM skills, including Red Sox statistician Bill James and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute researcher Amy Kukulya. This video introduces the WOWsters.