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$1.2-million IU Project Looks Into Why Women Enter STEM Careers


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A new project at Indiana University will examine why women make up such a relatively small percentage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics jobs, and what factors have encouraged women into those fields.

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Indiana University (IU) says it is launching Role Models in Engineering Education, a $1.2-million project examining why women make up such a relatively small percentage of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) jobs and what factors have encouraged women into those fields.

In 2017, women comprised more than 50% of U.S. college-educated workers, but only 24% of U.S. women were involved in STEM careers, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The IU study explores how children become interested in STEM careers and topics and maintain interest into college.

"If we recognize that differences exist in how people get interested, and embrace that diversity when we work to increase interest, I think we'll see better outcomes," says IU professor Adam Maltese, who is leading the project.

The program aims to develop a clearer understanding of how undergraduates can act to encourage interest in STEM fields for women.

From Indiana Daily Student
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