Persistence in STEM

It has been widely bemoaned that the number of young persons who pass through the American education system and become STEM professionals is insufficient to support a vibrant and innovative high-tech economy in the future.

A second major focus of research at SED has been the factors that strengthen students' interest in pursuing a STEM career. Very similar to the FICS studies in research methodology, these are again national survey studies, each involving several thousand students at colleges and universities across the United States. A crucial difference is that the students are recruited in English Composition classes, rather than in introductory STEM classes, to allow for comparisons between students interested in STEM careers and students who are not.