Contagious Interest

Students whose classmates are interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are more likely to themselves consider a science career, according to a new study.

Researchers led by Florida International University's Zahra Hazari surveyed some 2,000 students taking required introductory English classes at 50 different US colleges and universities. They asked the students about their interest in a STEM career as well as how interested their high school classmates seemed in their biology, chemistry, or physics courses.

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