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Women in STEM Research - Findings from recent myCollegeOptions® college planning study

Lee's Summit, MO - June 27, 2014

Gender Gap in STEM Majors/Career Interests

  • Female high school students are significantly less likely than their male counterparts to be interested in pursuing college majors or careers in STEM (15% vs. 44%).
  • Male students are close to 8 times more likely to say they plan to pursue careers in Engineering or Technology than female students.
  • 70% of female students interested in STEM majors or careers plan to specifically pursue the Sciences, compared to only 25% of male students interested in STEM majors.

Educators Identify the Need for Mentoring Relationships

  • One out of 3 educators reports having had a mentor relationship with a teacher in high school.
  • Nearly 60% of educators see their students struggling with motivation, support and confidence in planning for college.
  • 50% of educators believe mentoring/motivational programs would help students prepare for their futures.

Desire for Mentorship Among Female Students

  • One out of 4 female students reports that the greatest challenges in attending college are confidence, motivation, and support.
  • Only 4% of female students interested in pursuing STEM majors or careers were encouraged to do so by mentors.
  • Twenty percent of current female high school students interested in a STEM discipline say they would like to learn more about mentoring and motivational programs to help prepare them for their futures.

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Findings from recent myCollegeOptions® college planning study. National sample includes 368,000 female HS students interested in a STEM career.

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