MINORITIES IN STEM
- Disparity Among First- and Second-Generation Immigrants in STEM Degrees
- Most STEM Degrees to Latinos Granted by Schools in 6 States
- STEM Gap Widens for Minorities
- Study: Blacks and Latinos Take Longer to Complete STEM Doctoral Degrees
- Home Grown STEMs? Getting Americans Jazzed About STEM fields
- Microsoft Pushes Plan to Pay for STEM Education With H-1B Visa Fees
- Despite Higher Pay, Women Lacking in STEM Fields
The Grio's story about the University of Michigan bestowing its first set of doctoral robes on a black female computer scientist calls attention to a 2010-2011 survey of 1,400 people pursuing a doctoral degree in computer science. The results? Less than a quarter of them were women, and only 16 people were African-American.
The Michigan graduate, Kyla McMullen, 29, attributes the low number to the lack of role models. Said the Washington, D.C., native: "Typically when you think of someone who is in computer science, you think of a person who is a geek—with pocket protectors, suspenders, and highwater pants.... African-American women often don’t think, ‘OK, I wanna be that [nerd].' "
McMullen graduated in the spring and is now an assistant professor at Clemson University, focusing on auditory computer interfaces.