The culture of STEM may sideline aspiring queer scientists


The fields of science, technology, engineering, and math have been infamously hostile to women and people of color. Now, new research shows that the culture of STEM may also sideline aspiring lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer scientists. 

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, analyzed college survey data and found that “sexual minority” students were 7 percent less likely to stick with the pursuit of a STEM degree compared to their heterosexual peers. 

That trend emerged despite the fact that LGBQ students were more likely to participate in undergrad research programs, which previous research suggests helps increase a student’s chances of completing their STEM studies.  Read more…

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