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Snapshot Report -- Science and Engineering Degree Completion by Gender
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
From 2006 to 2016, degree completion in the so-called "hard sciences" increased in prevalence for both genders. Excluding social sciences and psychology, the percentage of bachelor's degrees accounted for by S&E disciplines increased five percentage points for men, and two percentage points for women. Excluding social sciences and psychology, the percentage of master's degrees accounted for by S&E disciplines increased three percentage points for men, and two percentage points for women.
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Latest STEM Education Policy News Across the U.S.
First All-Girls Robotics Team Heads to National Competition
Working Nation
The field of robotics is growing very quickly as is the push to get students access to and excited about the STEM education needed to create the technology and artificial intelligence that is emerging in several different industries. Despite this push, minorities and girls are still extremely  underrepresented in STEM careersOne school in the northeast Bronx is making its mark with the first all-girls team to compete in a national robotics competition. Led by coach Sheree Petrignani, the Comets, from St. Catharine's Academy, will take its Cobra robot, a unique and smaller triangular robot, to the national stage at the VEX U.S. Open in Waukee, Iowa.

Increased Role Models and Inclusive Environments Entice Women into STEM Fields
The gender gap in science, math, technology and engineering fields has been discussed a lot in recent years, and for good reason.  recent CDW survey  found that 63 percent of women who are pursuing a STEM degree have struggled with confidence in their abilities, and almost half have said that their gender has been holding them back.  When asked about the struggle, the women told CDW that the lack of female role models was the biggest issue.  Earlier this year, after discovering that female students only had a 34 percent STEM course completion, Coursera, a popular online course provider, decided to run a test.  "One hypothesis is that seeing other women in STEM could encourage female learners and help close the gap," a  Coursera blog reports.

Around the Community:
Grant Opportunity: USDA Women and Minorities in STEM Fields
This program supports research and extension projects that have robust collaborations to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields that are relevant to USDA priorities. This includes promoting nutritious food supplies for Americans, forming sustainable agricultural polices that foster economic viability for small and mid-sized farms, and providing leadership in climate change mitigation.

Job Opening: HEOP & CSTEP Programs Counselor
The Ithaca College State Grants Office is looking to hire a full-time HEOP & CSTEP Programs Counselor with an anticipated start date of June 1, 2017. The counselor will Develop and implement activities, programs, and services for students eligible for the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), and the Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program (CSTEM). They will assist in implementing services and activities to improve student achievement, retention, and graduation as well as assist with HEOP and CSTEP activities for the Summer Institute, and assist in monitoring and reconciling program budgets and preparation of reports for New York State. 

Grant Opportunity: Alliance for Graduate Education and the  Professoriate
The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.
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