Presentation on theme: "Science in Popular Culture. Myths About Engineering and Science 1. You have to be brilliant to be an engineer or scientist 2. Engineers and scientists."— Presentation transcript:
Myths About Engineering and Science 1. You have to be brilliant to be an engineer or scientist 2. Engineers and scientists don’t work with people 4. Engineering and science is for men only 3. Engineers and scientists pollute the atmosphere
Characteristics Associated with Engineers and Scientists Engineers %Scientists % Saves lives 20031482 1998665 Sensitive to societal concerns 20032861 19984757 Cares about the community 20033751 19982446
Ranking of Professions According to “Very Great Prestige” in 2006 Firefighter63% Doctor58 Nurse55 Scientists54 Teacher52 Military Officer51 Police Officer43 Farmer36 Engineer34 Memb. Of Congress28 Lawyer21
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Underrepresented minority share of S&E graduate students, by field: 1996 and 2006 Source: NSF/SRS, Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering. Data are for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. 9
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