Edna the Engineer: Who Gets to be a Scientist?

With Good Reason

In 2009, fewer than 2% of physical science degrees—like physics and chemistry—went to African-Americans. Considering African-Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population, these numbers are shockingly low. And they’re getting even lower.

In the second episode of With Good Reason’s ongoing series about STEM education, they ask: what does a scientist look like? Short, tall, black, brown, male or female? They talk to four young scientists about their outreach project at William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science. We also hear about what might be keeping American girls out of laboratories, and Laura Puaca (Christopher Newport University) explains the World War II history of Edna the Engineer.


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