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Motivations of, Influences on STEM Grads

The London-based charity Teach First — which aims to address "educational imbalance" in the UK — teamed up with several nonprofit institutes and trusts to "investigate what motivated and drives STEM graduates." By surveying graduates in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, the groups found "personal satisfaction and fulfillment" to be the greatest motivator among respondents, followed by the influence of their friends, family members, and educators' opinions. Teach First et al. also found that "STEM graduates are least confident in the competency areas of leadership and self evaluation" and, further, that a "lack of experience is the main barrier graduates perceive will prevent them from successfully gaining a job in their chosen career sector, both for those considering teaching and those considering alternative careers." In a statement, Teach First says that the groups plan to distribute the survey results to the STEM community to "inform new, more focused thinking on how best to engage with STEM graduates and encourage them to pursue STEM related professions," though it has not disclosed further details as to how the groups plan to do so, and when.

HT: Science Careers Blog

The Scan

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

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Spurred to Develop Again

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