The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 18th, 2015
It's no secret that women seeking to get a foothold in STEM fields
often face serious impediments. Here's another potential one: Junior
male medical researchers are more likely than their female peers to land
sizable start-up packages from some of the nation’s top research
institutions and hospitals, according to a study released on Wednesday.
The research team analyzed application data from two New England
biomedical-research programs administered by the Medical Foundation
Division of Health Resources in Action. The results were striking: The
median start-up package for male scientists was $889,000, while the
median for women was $350,000.
That means that women may not be getting the supplies and equipment
needed to jump-start their careers, said Robert Sege, vice president of
the Medical Foundation Division, who led the study. "I hope it will lead
to institutions' beginning to take a more formal and systematic
approach to how they develop start-up packages and how they monitor
their own internal performance," Dr. Sege said.