A Close Examination at the Training and Academic Hiring of Women in STEM Fields

Valerie J. Kuck
Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories (ret.)

DATE: May 13, 2021

TIME: 6:00 PM

PLACE: Your Computer

RSVP: https://valerie-kuck-discusses-women-in-stem-careers.eventbrite.com

Valerie Kuck retired in 2001 from Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where she was engaged in both basic and applied research during her 34-year career there. After leaving the Labs she refocused her energies on studying the graduate training and hiring of women in the physical sciences and engineering and has extensively shared her findings through numerous talks, articles, and publications.

Valerie has 25 US patents and has received the ACS Garvan-Olin Medal, ACS Award for Volunteer Service, ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Chemical Science Careers, and the Bell Laboratories Lincoln Hawkins Award for Mentoring. She was named a Purdue University Distinguished Alumnus and was a Georgia Tech Pete Silas lecturer.

Since 2009 women have received a majority of the doctoral degrees granted by U.S. institutions. In several scientific fields women have made great strides, whereas women in a number of STEM areas have made slow progress. ln 2017, women received 53% of the doctorates in biological and agricultural sciences and 70% in the health and medical sciences. In sharp contrast, women earned only 23% of the doctorates in engineering, 25% in mathematics and computer sciences, and 34% in the physical and earth sciences. Furthermore, the percentage of tenure-line female faculty members in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics has remained low.

This talk will address findings from an analysis of the responses to surveys and site visit discussions that involved over 1200 administrators, chemistry and chemical engineering faculty members, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. In addition, the hiring rate of female faculty members and factors contributing to their career choices will be addressed, along with suggestions on ways to support women who want to pursue a PhD degree and pursue a career in academia.