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Research shows minorities, women lack presence in STEM education

Data from the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America shows that Texas high school girls are losing interest in STEM fields, making them a minority in STEM education and related careers.

Leaders in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields are in increasing demand.

However, data from the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America shows that Texas high school girls are losing interest in STEM fields, making them a minority in STEM education and related careers.

"Right now the [U.S.] population consists of 30 percent of underrepresented minorities,” said Dr. Cristina Villalobos, director of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley's Center of Excellence in STEM Education.

Villalobos said minorities only account for 18 percent of those studying in STEM fields. She says influence from parents is a good starting point to increase those numbers.

“If we don't target that population, then that population doesn't get as educated as other groups in the U.S.,” Villalobos said.

UTRGV offers workshops for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Parents who are interested can call 956-665-7836 (STEM) for more information.

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