Opening Access to STEM Careers

There is a well-recognized need for the United States to prepare more of its citizens to participate in STEM-related careers. However, structural problems within our educational system have proven to be significant obstacles. The impact of those obstacles is greater on underrepresented minorities and the economically disadvantaged, so they have a negative impact on both our economic competitiveness and social justice.

To make up for current deficiencies in the U.S. system we need a number of “on-ramps” to STEM careers located at critical points throughout P-20.

"Physics First: Battles for Acceptance" by Gabriel Popkin (AIP) July 2009.

"High School Physics Availability" by Susan White and Casey Langer Tesfaye (AIP) April 2014.

"Hispanic Participation among Bachelor’s in Physical Sciences and Engineering" by Linda Merner (AIP) October 2014

"Underrepresented Minorities in High School Physics" by Susan White and John Tyler (AIP) June 2015

"Underrepresented Minorities in High School Physics High School Physics Courses & Enrollments" by Susan White and Casey Langer Tesfaye (AIP) June 2014

"Female Students in High School Physics" Results by Susan White & Casey Langer Tesfaye (AIP) July 2011

"African Americans & Hispanics among Physics & Astronomy Faculty" by Rachel Ivie, Garrett Anderson, & Susan White (AIP) July 2014

"High School Physics Availability" by Susan White and Casey Langer Tesfaye (AIP) April 2014

"Finding America’s Missing IB and AP Students," by Christina Tina Theokas and Reid Saaris, (The Education Trust) June 2013

"Transforming the preparation of physics teachers:" A call to action (Task Force on Teacher Education Preparation (TTEP) December 2012