Though there are almost as many women as men in undergraduate science courses, the gender disparity grows at higher levels of study. Why? One reason could be that male scientists tend to choose men over women for lab positions.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined 39 biology departments at top research institutions in the U.S. The researchers found that male faculty members were less likely than female faculty members to hire female trainees in their labs. In the average lab run by a man, 47% of graduate students were female and 36% of postdocs were female. In labs run by women, 53% of graduate students were female, and 47% of postdocs were female.
On top of that, more prestigious male professors tended to hire fewer women still: male postdocs are 90% more likely to have a Novel laureate as an advisor than…
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