women, minorities and Science

jcoleman at msvax.mssm.edu jcoleman at msvax.mssm.edu
Mon Apr 15 11:37:22 EST 1996

In article <Pine.SOL.3.91.960408123651.8656A-100000 at hamlet.uncg.edu>, "A.J. Warneka" <ajwarnek at hamlet.uncg.edu> writes:
>As a matter of fact; although I haven't read the article that you speak 
>of; however, if the level of education of a person's parents is an 
>indication of how well a person will do in their own is true, then I am 
>certainly an exception to that rule.
>My mother never got past high school, and my father has never gotten past 
>the eight grade.  Yet, my older sister is a B.A. graduate, and I am well 
>into my B.S. degree program to get into medical school, hopefully to 
>become an M.D. in genetics.  On top of all that, I am a woman, prior 
>military, ex-computer programmer/systems analyst/network administrator 
>specialist.  I seem to be hitting all the wrong places, and doing quite 
>well, considering I am also 30 years old and on my second career choice.
>I suppose the old saying goes..."to every rule, there is always an 
>exception."  Feel free to reply.
>Amy J. Warneka
>UNC-G Pre-med/Biology major
>ajwarnek at hamlet.uncg.edu
>On 5 Apr 1996, Julia Frugoli wrote:
>> Date: 5 APR 1996 11:06:26 -0800 
>> From: Julia Frugoli <JFRUGOLI at BIO.TAMU.EDU>
>> Newgroups: bionet.women-in-bio
>> Subject: women, minorities and Science 
>> The latest issue of Science has a whole section on diversity in science, 
>> which has some interesting articles relavent to what's been discussed 
>> here the last few weeks.  In response to Mr. Chan, there's a nice 
>> article on why Computer Science is chilly to women and minorities, and 
>> there's little boxed insert on a factor we in the US don't like to talk 
>> about that may be more important than race or gender-social class.  
>> According to one researcher, the level of education of a person's 
>> parents is the best predictor of academic success. I can think of many 
>> exceptions off the bat, but that doesn't mean as a general rule it isn't 
>> true. Thoughts?
>> Julia Frugoli
>> Dartmouth College
>> visiting grad student at
>> Texas A&M University
>> Department of Biological Sciences
>> College Station, TX 77843
>> 409-845-0663
>> FAX 409-847-8805

Add another exception to that rule :-) My mom is a high school graduate, my dad
dropped out of high school and did his GED in the Navy....my sister is
currently a junior at Boston University and I am in the third year of my
doctoral training and got my BA at the University of Rochester...I think it's
not the level of the parent's education but perhaps the importance or emphasis
that your parents place on education...My parents were insistant on us doing
our work and getting high grades and applying to good colleges. In addition I
think education level does not always mirror intelligence levels...both my
parents are extremely intelligent..in fact my father dropped out of high school
due to boredom...he was at a very small Midwest school and wasn't getting much
out of it...later in his life he took some engineering math courses for his job
and got straight A's having never seen algebra or calculus before. Also I think
it was less likely for women to go to college or graduate school when my mom
was in school....I think the time frame needs to be considered when making this
sort of correlation.


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