Careers in STEM start early

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Science  22 Mar 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6433, pp. 1297-1298
DOI: 10.1126/science.363.6433.1297-e

The relationship between early experiences, STEM identity, and STEM career intention is not well understood. Dou et al. took a retrospective look at early, informal STEM learning experiences that may be associated with STEM identity. “Outreach Programs and Science Career Intentions,” a national survey administered to freshman college students, was used to collect data on STEM identity, STEM career intention, and early STEM-related experiences. Results showed that for every 1 point higher on the STEM identity scale, participants' odds of choosing a STEM career in college increased by 85%. Additionally, talking with friends and family about science and consuming science media were found to be predictive of STEM identity in college.

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