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214 C & E N / M A R C H 2 6 , 2 0 0 1 H T T P : / / P U B S . AC S . O R G / C E N NEW VOICES IN CHEMISTRY
 

Summary: 214 C & E N / M A R C H 2 6 , 2 0 0 1 H T T P : / / P U B S . AC S . O R G / C E N
NEW VOICES IN CHEMISTRY
I
will never forget the moment i
introducedmyfirstfemalegraduatestu-
dent to my formerly all-male research
group. There was a brief, yet tangible
silence during which the new student
wondered, "Do I really belong here?"The
answersthatstudentsdeveloptosuchques-
tions contribute to their "hidden curricu-
lum,"whichgenerallycomprisesalltheles-
sonstheylearnoverandabovewhatweplan
toteach them.
Numbersrevealthepowerof
the hidden curriculum in aca-
demia:In 1996,women earned
43%of allbachelor'sdegrees in
chemistryand30%ofallchem-
istry doctorates. In 1995,

  

Source: Auerbach, Scott M. - Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

 

Collections: Chemistry