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Our international engagement and career-life balance project began last summer with a trip to the LACCEI conference in Ecuador. As part of our project, we generated questions based on observations and experiences. One of the discussions that occurred after our cohort returned, was the issue of STEM IDENTITY. There had been a few conversations among the group of underrepresented graduate students and faculty in STEM about “feeling more connected” to the discipline as a result of the global experience. That sentiment led to the questions that we pose here, as part II of our project.
– Consider STEM IDENTITY as: A strong connection to the discipline of study, promoting an increase in one’s competence, performance, and recognition.
– Consider recognition as: Recognition of yourself as a scientist/engineer, and/or others’ recognition of you as a scientist/engineer
1) Did an international travel experience involving a discipline-specific opportunity (e.g., conference, research experience) increase your level of STEM IDENTITY?
2) Does a sense of STEM IDENTITY, inspired by global experiences, improve actual or the perception of career-life balance?
While you are under no obligation to leave your name, please consider including your race, gender, discipline, and position (undergrad, grad student, postdoc, professor, STEM professional) along with your answer. Thank you for participating.