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Studies Suggest Two-Way Street for Science Majors

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Science  10 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6167, pp. 125-126
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6167.125

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Conventional wisdom holds that few U.S. college students ever transfer into a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field because they lack the necessary academic preparation. Given uniquely high attrition rates, the result is a dearth of tech-savvy workers. But two new studies raise questions about the accuracy of both those assumptions and suggest that the flow into STEM fields is more of a two-way street than a leaky pipeline.