Friday, September 18, 2015

Another Research Gender Gap: Men Get More Start-Up Money

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.

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