Women and men applying for geoscience postdocs receive very different letters of support from their mentors.
From the peer-review process to our very concept of what it means to be brilliant, studies show that women face subtle biases and structural barriers to success in the geosciences.
For some women, enrolling in an engineering course is like running a psychological gauntlet. If they dodge overt problems like sexual harassment, sexist jokes, or poor treatment from professors, they often still have to evade subtler obstacles like the implicit tendency to see engineering as a male discipline. It’s no wonder women in the U.S. hold just 13 to 22 percent of the doctorates in engineering, compared to an already-low 33 percent in the sciences as a whole.
Meet your heroes There will be titanic figures in the literature. Try to meet them and just accept that they can look smaller in real life. Most academic disciplines feature a few celebrities. These legendary figures are invited to give keynote addresses and seminars. Find a way to find them but don’t ask them to […]
To improve retention and help diversify the future professoriate, some colleges embrace formal mentoring programs