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Career Choice among First-Generation, Minority STEM College Students

    Authors: Bryan M. Dewsbury1,*, Cynthia Taylor1, Amy Reid2, Connie Viamonte3
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    Affiliations: 1: Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881; 2: Biological Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199; 3: English, Global & Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199
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    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. October 2019 vol. 20 no. 3 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v20i3.1775
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    Abstract:

    We qualitatively investigated ways in which undergraduates unpacked their perceptions of STEM careers after attending a seminar series that introduced them to diverse scientists. Using Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) as a guiding framework, we explored how culturally-specific realities impacted students’ career choices. Our findings suggest that familial ties and cultural expectations played key roles in determining how students navigated career choice. Our results have implications for how institutions navigate career pursuit discussions with students.

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Abstract:

We qualitatively investigated ways in which undergraduates unpacked their perceptions of STEM careers after attending a seminar series that introduced them to diverse scientists. Using Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) as a guiding framework, we explored how culturally-specific realities impacted students’ career choices. Our findings suggest that familial ties and cultural expectations played key roles in determining how students navigated career choice. Our results have implications for how institutions navigate career pursuit discussions with students.

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