Figuring out what works is vitally important to the country, say U.S. educators. Each year, hundreds of thousands of U.S. students get their only exposure to science in an intro class--and most leave without understanding how science works or with any desire to take further courses.
The Rand report concludes that, although adequate data and accurate assessments of labor market conditions are important for many different parties, early career and prospective scientists are especially vulnerable.
I hope to inspire established scientists at all institutions to involve more community college students in research projects and to remind these researchers of the tremendous potential many of these students have to influence the future of the scientific community.
Whether you are starting classes at a community college or nearing completion of your associate degree, don't forget that many scientists, mathematicians, and engineers started their careers at two-year schools.
Program goals are to increase the number of American Indian students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in biomedical sciences after transferring to 4-year institutions, and to increase the number of these students participating in biomedical research.
Despite their different backgrounds, these four GEM students have dealt with the same issues--moving to larger schools, cultural isolation, unexpected crises, and family considerations--that all students of color face when transitioning into graduate school.