photo 2_zpsd24512a7.jpg The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) is committed to developing future thought leaders through experiences in science and engineering practices using well-proven programs and novel approaches that empower students and educators to learn in and beyond the classroom. We see a future where every student is empowered through learning in science and engineering practices.

STEM Subjects, Careers Slowly Gaining Appeal Among Women

With women earning well over half the undergraduate and master's degrees and slightly more than 50% of the doctorates awarded in 2009 and 2010, more and more are entering typically male-dominated STEM fields.  The change is occurring slowly, fueled by the enthusiasm and dedication of trailblazing female professors like William and Mary's Elizabeth Harbron.

Why Aren't More African-Americans Pursuing STEM Careers?

On a percentage basis, fewer African-Americans are earning degrees in STEM subjects today than at any other point in the last decade.  What's behind the declining numbers?  While the U.S. currently is not known for churning out as many STEM professionals as it used to, there is a particularly notable dearth of new mathematicians, engineers, and scientists among African-Americans.
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High Wages Tied to STEM Certificates, Bachelor's Degrees in STEM Subjects

A study conducted by Georgetown University shows that 65% of people with bachelor's degrees in STEM subjects make larger salaries than those with master's degrees in non-STEM subjects.  Holders of STEM certificates are sitting pretty, as well; many earn more than people with non-STEM degrees.

Hispanic Students Win Scholarships to Pursue STEM Studies

Part of the Nobel Prize money won by President Obama in 2009 will help Hispanic students pursuing studies in STEM subjects.  The Hispanic Scholarship Fund received $125,000 of President Obama's prize money -- the entire $1.4 million of which he donated to 10 different charities.

Mentor, Father to Two MA Science Fair Alums Praised by Lt. Governor Timothy Murray

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray recognized Dr. John Schneeweis, a Massachusetts physician and proud father of two former Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair competitors, for his dedicated involvement with STEM education at the Annual STEM Summit this morning.

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Launches "WOW Initiative" at STEM Summit

A new statewide public awareness campaign in Massachusetts will engage and educate students in STEM opportunities.  Announced by Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray this morning at the Annual STEM Summit in Newton, MA, the "WOW Initiative" highlights 15 "Wowsters" -- individuals including Red Sox statistician Bill James, whose careers exemplify the application of STEM skills.  Lieutenant Governor Murray also announced that Boston has formed a regional STEM network that joins six regional pre-k-16 networks statewide.

Conference Compares French, American Approaches to Science Education

Last week in Chicago, French and American scientists held a meeting of the minds to compare and contrast their respective approaches to science education.  France's mandate of primary school science reform, instated in 1996, emerged as a key difference.  To date, the U.S.

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