Minorities need aid to stay in science (Capital Times)

To retain minorities in science and engineering majors, culturally relevant ways to build self-confidence must be found and developed, according to preliminary results from a University of Wisconsin study.

The first-year results of the Sloan Project for Diversity in STEM Retention were presented as part of the “Wednesday Nite @ the Lab” series at the UW Biotechnology Center Wednesday. About 25 people attended the presentation of the three-year study.

The study examined the problem of low retention of African-American, Latino, Southeast Asian and American Indian students in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and math. The study excluded Asians with backgrounds from countries outside Southeast Asia, such as China, Korea and Japan.

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