The Role of Calculus in the STEM "Gender Filter"
- Monday, December 7, 2015 from 3:10pm to 4:00pm
- Wilson Hall, Room 1-133 - view map
The substantial gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce can be traced back to the underrepresentation of women at various milestones in the career pathway. Calculus is a necessary step in this pathway and has been shown to often dissuade people from pursuing STEM fields. In this presentation, Dr. Jess Ellis will first examine the characteristics of students who begin college interested in STEM and either persist or switch out of calculus sequence after taking Calculus I, and hence either continue to pursue a STEM major or are dissuaded from STEM disciplines.