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Girls, Women, and Minorities in STEM

Partnership Targets Diversity in the Biotech Industry

In partnership with the International Center for Professional Development (ICPS), leading biotech companies are working to increase diversity in the industry through the Scientist Mentoring and Diversity Program (SMDP).

Out-of-School Experiences Influence Girls to Pursue STEM

Classroom learning may not be the most effective means of drawing girls into STEM fields.

Scholarships for African Americans Studying STEM

Typically underrepresented in STEM careers, African Americans looking for scholarships to study math, engineering, and the sciences have several options. US News & World Report rounded up a useful list of organizations that make funds available specifically for African Americans studying STEM. Among them: Oracle, Microsoft, and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Top 10 Women in Technology, 2011

Opposing Views' 2011 list of top 10 women in technology features Nancy Ectoff, among others. Ectoff, assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard University, wrote "Survival of the Prettiest," which details the advantages that conforming to cultural notions of beauty convey. Also in the top 10: Sony Entertainment CEO Amy Pascal, "Science Babe" Dr.

Society, Not Biology, Is Behind Gender Gap in Math

A study published yesterday ("Debunking Myths about Gender and Mathematics Performance") challenges commonly-held assumptions linking math ability in girls and women to biological factors.  According to senior study author Janet Mertz, a professor of oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, "We tested some recen

Female CEOs Lament Lack of STEM Graduates

Women CEOs from several US companies traveled to Capitol Hill on Monday to deliver a message to a group of female lawmakers: We've got science and technology jobs to fill; where are the qualified candidates?  A big part of the pr

Key Facts About Computer Science

During Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10, 2011), here are several interesting facts about computer science (from CSEdWeek.org):

NASA Aims to Inspire Middle School Girls to Pursue STEM Fields

NASA's new Aspire 2 Inspire section of its Women@NASA website targets young women with a campaign to inform and inspire them about careers

Stats Suggest More and More Women Earning Science Degrees

The National Center for Education Statistics says that the number of science degrees awarded to women has been rising, slowly but surely.  From 2003 to 2009, undergrad degrees in physical science earned by women increased 22.1%, while doctoral physical science degrees awarded to women rose nearly 54% over the same time period.

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