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On-ramp to greater STEM diversity

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Science  06 May 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6286, pp. 669-670
DOI: 10.1126/science.352.6286.669-b

One path to achieving greater diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields is through “on-ramping,” the process by which women with Ph.D.'s leverage their nonacademic careers and enter academia as faculty members. Three On-Ramps into Academia workshops were held. Carrigan et al. used qualitative methods to analyze the experiences of 10 female Ph.D.'s who attended the workshop and successfully on-ramped into faculty positions. Four phases of on-ramping were identified, including evaluating the value of transferable nonacademic career skills, bridging gaps in experience, coping with both past and present gender discrimination, and affirming the value of producing scientific knowledge in academia. Results indicated that on-ramping women have much to bring to a faculty position, including bridging classroom learning to professional scenarios and connecting students to industry and government colleagues.

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