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Rad Scientist Podcast: Exploring The 'Leaky Pipeline' Of Academia

The six scientists featured in season three of "Rad Scientist" are pictured in this undated photo collage.
Margot Wohl
The six scientists featured in season three of "Rad Scientist" are pictured in this undated photo collage.
Academia has a problem. Underrepresented minorities fall off at every step along the path to becoming a STEM professor. What we are left with is a professoriate that does not reflect the diversity of the general population. In this episode, we dive into what is known about this issue and how we can make the environment of STEM education more equitable. Episode Music: Rad Scientist Theme Motif - Grant Fisher And So Then - Blue Dot Sessions Bivly - Blue Dot Sessions Bauxite - Blue Dot Sessions Hedgeliner - Blue Dot Sessions Illway - Blue Dot Sessions Setting Pace - Blue Dot Sessions Building the Sled - Blue Dot Sessions The Yards - Blue Dot Sessions Rambling - Blue Dot Sessions Lamprey - Blue Dot Sessions Lean - Blue Dot Sessions

Academia has a problem.

Underrepresented minorities fall off at every step along the path to becoming a STEM professor. The result is a professoriate that doesn't reflect the diversity of the general population.

In a new episode of KPBS Explore podcast "Rad Scientist," producer and host Margot Wohl dives into what's known about this issue, from undergraduate through postdoctoral fellowships. Experts talk about their research into what promotes persistence in students, and on the flipside, what promotes retention of students so that the environment of STEM education is more equitable for all.