When the big question of What Do Women Want? is asked, or more particularly, the question, What do Women Want from a Career in Science? the answer often involves all of the above, and almost always, something more:
“Research shows that young women pursue careers in science for more altruistic reasons than young men,” said chemist Anne Kern, assistant professor in science education, curriculum and instruction at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene, and co-author of, “Attracting High School Females to the College of Science,” a study to be published in the journal, The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast (MME) later this year.
Kern co-authored the article with David Newcombe, microbiologist and assistant professor in environmental science, also at the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene. Loosely using the guidelines outlined in the MME article, the duo created a science experience to meet the distinctive needs of young women.
“In a word, young women want meaning,” said Kern. “They want their scientific work to have meaning. They want the science they do to have applications that solve real world problems.”
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“Science comes alive when you can study it in your own backyard. And I firmly believe that. That’s what got ME interested.”
~ Dr. Anne Kern