Valerie Bostwick and Bruce Weinberg’s recent working paper, “Nevertheless She Persisted? Gender Peer Effects in Doctoral STEM Programs” has been getting a lot of coverage, including being featured on the front page of the NBER website and also by Science. Science highlighted their study in a piece in “News at a Glance”, noting that “[T]he findings suggest a lack of gender balance in an incoming cohort may influence its cultural environment, making a Ph.D. program less friendly to women.”
More recently, Science cited their study in a feature article for Career News, which again presented key findings from the study, followed by interviews with women who were themselves part of a minority in their graduate school cohort.
Valerie Bostwick, who has been working with IRIS UMETRICS data since beginning her post-doctoral position in The Ohio State University’s Department of Economics with IRIS co-PI Bruce Weinberg, says that the data “provides a very interesting window into the huge black box within STEM graduate education that is the research/lab experience” and she is excited to continue to explore ways in which IRIS UMETRICS data can assist in “studying the graduate student experience.”
- Read the working paper here: https://doi.org/10.3386/w25028
- When you’re the only woman: The challenges for female Ph.D. students in male-dominated cohorts (Science – Career News)
- Gender imbalance affects degrees (Science – News at a glance)