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What’s Next? Soon-to-be STEM Graduates on Their Post-graduate Plans

Julie J. Park (), Young K. Kim, Kristyn Lue and Roshan M. Parikh
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Julie J. Park: University of Maryland
Young K. Kim: Azusa Pacific University
Kristyn Lue: University of Maryland
Roshan M. Parikh: University of Maryland

Research in Higher Education, 2022, vol. 63, issue 8, No 3, 1343-1367

Abstract: Abstract We examined key influences on STEM college seniors’ postgraduate plans. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Freshmen we utilized multilevel modeling to identify variables associated with planning to pursue a STEM-related job or STEM graduate study after graduation. Key findings emphasize the importance of volunteering and extracurricular activities for women, as well as lower-income and underrepresented racially minoritized students, as well as the relevance of interaction with faculty. Findings also suggest that a certain amount of “opportunity hoarding” exists among majority-status students. We conclude with implications for creating more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse STEM environments.

Keywords: STEM; Postgraduate plans; Social ties; Gender; Race; Income (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s11162-022-09685-9

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