Eye on Education

Study Says Scientists Prefer to Hire Male Students Over Females

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that scientists – male and female – are biased when it comes to hiring students for their labs. Scientists were given applications to review, applications that were identical in every way except for the applicant’s name. Scientists tended to favor male applicants over females, were inclined to pay male students more, and were willing to spend more time mentoring men than women.

Men have traditionally received more degrees in STEM fields, that is science, technology, engineering and math. In fact, National Center for Education Statistics, Ohio has seen a decrease in the number of women receiving STEM degrees from 2000, when almost 32 percent of STEM degrees were awarded to women, to 2009 when about 28 percent went to women.

The scientists evaluating these applications (which were identical in every way except the gender of the “submitter”) rated the male student more competent, more likely to be hired, deserving of a better salary, and worth spending more time mentoring. The gaps were significant.

Read more at: www.insidehighered.com

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