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Female professors in STEM reflect on experiences in their fields

Only 27 percent of workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the United States are women, despite women comprising 48 percent of our nation’s workforce, according to a 2019 study. Breaking this down even further, subdivisions within STEM including engineering and computer science ...

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Ren '23: Why not take a math class?

I was chatting with a friend the other day when I accidentally unearthed a source of deep psychological trauma — I asked her how math class was going. All the joy left her face in an instant, replaced with a curious mix of fear, panic and anger. Though this story is anecdotal, it reflects a rather ...


Schmidt '21: Professors should stop scheduling exams at night

Nothing is worse than a night exam. Many classes, especially large lectures in STEM fields, schedule exams late in the evening. At their worst, these exams can span from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. They may seem to be a necessary evil, since the regular class time is often not long enough for an exam, and the ...


Schmidt '21: Branch-out, don’t STEM-out

We don’t have all the answers when we first get to college. For most students who intend to concentrate in STEM fields, the difficulty level of academics increases exponentially from high school to college. For many first-years, this is the first time in their lives living by themselves, exposed to ...


Four University professors receive Sloan Foundation fellowship

Four of the University’s assistant professors have received the Sloan Foundation fellowship to further their research in STEM or related fields. Fellowship recipients, who must hold a PhD equivalent, each received $70,000 to be used on their research in a two year period. The fellowship is one of ...


Meszaros GS: Breaking down the art, STEM divide

Universities function as conduits for insular communities — your cohort, the other people in your concentration, your housemates and others. The further you commit to one course of study and the deeper you dive into a particular field, the more insulated these communities can become. While heavy specialization ...


Schmidt '21: Bridging the research gap for STEM students

If you are a STEM concentrator at Brown, research is key. The sooner an undergraduate gets into research, the better and more competitive their resume will be. To students either deciding sophomore spring they want to concentrate in STEM without any prior research experience, or students who come from ...


GirlsGetMath engages local high school students

During the second week of August, the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics hosted GirlsGetMath@ICERM, a week-long day camp for girls in the Providence area entering 10th or 11th grade. The program started in 2014 under then-director of ICERM Jill Pipher, the University’s ...

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Faculty, students attend SACNAS national conference

With a focus on demographic disparities in STEM fields, several University faculty members and students spent Oct. 19 to 21 at the 2017 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science conference in Salt Lake City. They joined a community of around 3,000 scholars, tied together ...


Panel discusses diversity in STEM fields

“How can you create black scientists if there’s no black scientific community?” asked William Massey, professor of operations research and financial engineering at Princeton, during this week’s “Celebrating Excellence in Science” event. Hosted by the Science Center, this two-day lecture ...


Liang '19: STEM courseloads betray the open curriculum

“Shakespeare is stupid.” This came out of the mouth of a good friend of mine, an applied math concentrator, over lunch one day. Having just survived shopping period, everyone at the table was comparing class schedules. Between the humanities and science, technology, engineering and math concentrators, ...

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Papendorp '17: Unpaid research excludes low-income students

According to the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, though the percentage of Brown students from historically underrepresented groups has increased over 4 percent since 2004, the percent of HUG science, technology, engineering and math concentrators has been about constant. Though low-income undergraduates ...

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