Who am I versus who can I become? Exploring women’s science identities in STEM Ph.D. programs
Graduate Student Thesis - This article explores the science identities of 21 women STEM Ph.D. students at three research universities in the United States. Following a narrative approach, the findings depict five salient science identities, including those of a) academic, b) entrepreneurial, c) industrial, and d) policy scientist and e) scientist as community educator. Our study links the five science identities to epistemological approaches in knowledge creation and application and describes the ways in which women STEM doctoral students verified their identities in reaction to various social structures. Conclusions relate to concepts of identity confirmation, suppression, and flexibility to implications for policy and practice.
Szelényi, Katalin, Kate Bresonis & Matthew M. Mars (2016). Who am I versus who can I become? Exploring women’s science identities in STEM Ph.D. programs. Review of Higher Education, 40(1), 1-31. doi: 10.1353/rhe.2016.0036