Monday, February 23, 2015

Why Just Filling the Pipeline Won't Diversify STEM Fields

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 23rd, 2015

As a chemistry major at Clark Atlanta University, Chloe N. Poston had her career path all mapped out. She planned to get a Ph.D. and become a chemistry professor at a historically black college like her alma mater.
But in her third year of graduate school, at Brown University, Ms. Poston’s desire to pursue an academic career began to wane. By the time she earned her Ph.D., in 2012, she knew for sure, she says, that faculty life wasn’t for her.
"I realized that a large part of my work would be tied to securing a very limited amount of funding and not mentoring students or thinking about research problems," says Ms. Poston. She was also discouraged by how long it generally takes for scientific research to be put to use, she says. "I proactively sought out professional-development opportunities that would expose me to career pathways that were outside of academic research."

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