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Breaking into the LabEngineering Progress for Women in Science$
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Sue V. Rosser

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814776452

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814776452.001.0001

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Positive Interventions from Mentors and Mentoring Networks

Positive Interventions from Mentors and Mentoring Networks

(p.65) 3 Positive Interventions from Mentors and Mentoring Networks
Breaking into the Lab

Sue V. Rosser

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the importance of mentors for women seeking a career in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM). Research documents that most women and under-represented minorities in STEM point to an encouraging teacher or role model who proved crucial in their decision to enter and remain in STEM. Male mentors are as important as women mentors in guiding women in science. Male mentors can provide access to a broader network of colleagues and contacts; women mentors can provide the answer on how to juggle domestic duties with work at the lab. Moreover, male mentors and professors can play a key role in building confidence in women and signaling their acceptance of them as valid members of the profession. Thus, the chapter features positive comments or behaviors from male mentors that hold the potential to further the careers of women scientists and engineers.

Keywords:   mentors, male mentors, women scientists, women engineers, STEM, professional networks, confidence building

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