Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Minority students earning advanced degrees in Science

"If getting a Ph.D. were easy, then everyone would have one." - Author Anonymous

As a Ph.D. candidate in science, I could share a host of stories about the challenges of graduate school. Being a minority doesn't make it any easier. But there are many who are working hard to diversify Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and increase the number of minorities who earn advanced degrees in these disciplines. For example, Southern University Professor of Physics, Dr. Diola Bagayoko, uses tough love to expand and diversify the pool of scientific talent. Link to the full story published by Science Magazine.

But there is still much work to do. The number of African-American, Latino, and Native American graduate degree recipients in STEM still lags behind those awarded to Caucasian and Asian Americans. Links to Graphs on Graduate Degrees Awarded to Minorities in Science & Engineering here and here.

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