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Girls, Women, and Minorities in STEM

MathMovesU Engages Mass. Girl Scouts in Science Projects

The Girl Scouts of Massachusetts partnered with Raytheon over the weekend to engage 300 middle school students in math and science through interactive learning programs.
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NPR Looks at Shortage of Women in Tech

Finding and retaining women for computer engineering jobs proves challenging for many companies. Morning Edition takes a look at how Silicon Valley is responding.

Six-Year High School Prepares Students of Color for Work in STEM

A partnership of the Department of Education, the City University of New York, and IBM, P-TECH is an innovative high school with a mission.  The six-year (grades 9-14) school offers students core subjects with a special focus on STEM.  Graduates receive a high school diploma as well as an Associate's degree in Applied Science.  Underwritten by IBM, the school opened in September with 104 students and

Closing the Girl Gap in Science

Interesting New York Times article on women pursuing STEM fields as undergraduates quotes MIT dean of admissions Stuart Schmill: "The real issue is women are falling out of STEM fields all along the pipeline, starting in middle school and high school.  To increase gender balance, it’s all a matter of getting the right story out about science and engineering to young women, that it’s not about

Gender Gap in STEM Disciplines Persists


While 5.8 out of 10 recent college graduates with biology degrees are women, there's a greater gender gap in two of the other largest STEM fields: Engineering and computer science.
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STEM Subjects, Careers Slowly Gaining Appeal Among Women

With women earning well over half the undergraduate and master's degrees and slightly more than 50% of the doctorates awarded in 2009 and 2010, more and more are entering typically male-dominated STEM fields.  The change is occurring slowly, fueled by the enthusiasm and dedication of trailblazing female professors like William and Mary's Elizabeth Harbron.

Why Aren't More African-Americans Pursuing STEM Careers?

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.
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Google Science Fair Winners Visit White House


Winners from among 10,000 entrants in the first-ever Google Science Fair received a once-in-a-lifetime prize: A trip to the Oval Office to meet with the President of the United States.  The three students -- all girls, ranging in age from 14-17 -- also met EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The Accidental Techie

  Blogger Emily K. Schwartz makes some interesting points in her post about opening doors into STEM fields for girls, who may not naturally be drawn to them. Show original

Gender Gap in Tech Industry Limits Competitiveness

According to a Cisco Systems Inc. exec, the lack of women entering technology fields is poised to hamper U.S. companies’ global competitiveness.
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