Report on the Status of Women in STEM

While early research indicates that students overall are experiencing negative impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the unique characteristics of STEM fields raise important questions regarding how STEM students in particular are being impacted.  In May 2020, researchers with WISE and SIROW (the Southwest Institute for Research on Women) carried out a survey of over 500 University of Arizona STEM students to examine COVID-impacts on academic experiences and progress; STEM persistence; and STEM related career and professional development. Follow the links below to access reports on our findings.

COVID-Impacts on Undergraduate STEM Students Survey Report

COVID-Impacts on STEM Graduate Students Survey Report 

While individual colleges and departments often track (in formal and informal ways) demographic trends among their students, there is yet to be a cross-institutional analysis of women’s entry, persistence, and success across STEM fields at UA.  This report fills this knowledge gap by providing an overview of enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates of women students in comparison to their men counterparts across STEM colleges and departments.  Specifically, this report focuses on the four main UA colleges where students pursue undergraduate STEM degrees: Agriculture and Life Sciences; Engineering; Optical Sciences; and Science.  Due to the limitations of existing data sets, this report focuses on the undergraduate student population.  This report was made possible with funding from the University of Arizona Office of the Provost. Click HERE to read the full report.