Latina PhDing Blog
This blog is written by Stephanie Taboada, a First-Generation, Latina Chemical Engineering Ph.D. candidate. The blog covers STEM topics related to education, careers, and lifestyle. The intended audience is Hispanic students and current professionals.
This blog post summarizes the differences in responsibilities for faculty members when considering research vs. teaching institutions.
STEM fields are the least diverse. This blog post discusses why Hispanics are in the best position to diversify STEM.
The number one reason Hispanics do not complete their bachelor’s degree is a lack of financial resources. This blog post discusses the many ways to finance your education, utilizing federal financial aid, scholarships, employer-based tuition reimbursement, and tuition-free community colleges.
Data shows science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees are the most beneficial for Hispanics to pursue because STEM degrees pay more than non-STEM degrees. STEM degrees also have the potential to close the income inequality gap for Hispanics. Other benefits include career flexibility, job stability, better benefits, and strong industry growth.
For my first blog post I wanted to provide an overview of the academic performance of Hispanics by utilizing educational attainment data. The results show Hispanics have historically been underperforming academically and continue to underperform, predominantly due to living in underfunded neighborhoods with poor access to jobs.