STEM Sisters / by Maria Hinojosa | September 6, 2013

STEM Sisters

Latinos are underrepresented in STEM—the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. But four recent STEM grads from DePaul University joined Maria Hinojosa for this first of many conversations about Latinas in STEM.

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STEM SISTERS says:

Some information for STEM Sisters. If you want student opportunities here is a good option http://www.cdc.gov/features/studentopportunities/. i suggest trying for employment at a State Health Department. In my department, we have environmental specialists, toxicologists, epidemiologists, and Information Technology professionals. I am always looking for bilingual staff for most of my positions. My area is disease surveillance and i must tell you that working in public health is very rewarding. I will be glad to talk to anyone interested about working in public health.

Candy Torres says:

It is terrific to have a show dedicated to latinas in STEM. Science-fiction started my interest in the 1960s. I wanted to be an astronaut when we were just starting our reach for the stars. No one understood why or how I could get a job in science. The social pressure at the time said “little girls don’t do that” and “dreams don’t come true.” I stopped talking about what I wanted around those people but it didn’t stop my dreams. Although I didn’t become an astronaut — too short and too near-sighted to begin with — I still went ahead with the NASA application process. I followed my heart and met many of the pioneers of U.S. space exploration. I participated in space history — manned and unmanned. Keep up the great work because it is really fun stuff!!! I am still fascinated with how the universe works including people!

Steve Rogers says:

if what the stem sisters said is true about how “they hope everyone realizes that latinos have a great respect for the environment and the land as cultivators etc” they why is it EVERY effen time there’s a group of latinos kicking around a soccer ball on ANY of the tax-payer maintained parks in LA do we see them leave their disgusting piggish trash all over the ground when they’re done – you dont see that in Beverly Hills or OC or predominantly white neighborhoods… seems like the stem sisters are offering up lip service

David Clauson Larson says:

Steve, Why do YOU think that is? What could be the source of that behavior? Why do you think that “piggish” trash is any different than your trash? Do you think that kids in Beverly Hills really don’t litter or do you think wealthier communities have the resources to clean up? It’s an interesting question that you pose, but don’t stall out before really looking into why that is happening. Look into it.

Gaby says:

I’m very proud of these young ladies, but I am wondering why they haven’t found jobs yet? I would think that with such few Latinas in STEM, companies would be very eager to recruit them and hire them right away.