Why do female and male students enroll in STEM programs? This report looks at some of the reasons using national survey data from male and female college students currently pursuing STEM degrees (n=500). Female students were most likely to attribute their interest in STEM before college to a teacher or a class, while games/toys sparked the interest of the highest number of male students. Female students were also more likely to say that they chose STEM to make a difference (49% vs. 34% males). The full report uses surveys of college students and parents of K-12 students to give a more complete picture of how to inspire and prepare students for STEM careers.


Harris Interactive and Microsoft Corp. STEM Perceptions: Student & Parent Study. September 2011.