28 October, 2013

Queer in STEM on Autostraddle

We're flattered to be the subjects of an entire profile over at Autostraddle, part of Vivian Underhill's great series on "Queered Science." There's even an artist's rendering of us hard at work in the field:


The article also gets into the genesis of the Queer in STEM project:

Allison had done some work on queer issues previously, on "discrimination in school settings, transnational queer migration, and identity development." So Jeremy asked Allison what she thought about the idea of a survey of a nation-wide sample of queer scientists – as a social scientist, did she think results like that would be publishable? "I responded, 'are you asking me to teach you about doing research with human subjects? Sure!'"

You should definitely go read the whole thing.

17 October, 2013

Queer in STEM in Minnesota Daily

Photo via Minnesota Daily

And there's yet more press coverage of the study this week, this time an article in Minnesota Daily, the campus paper at the University of Minnesota, which sent reporter Katelyn Faulks to the Bio-Diversity Brown-Bag Seminar:

Yoder presented the results of the survey at a College of Biological Sciences Bio-Diversity Brown Bag Series on Tuesday, where students, faculty and staff discussed the LGBT experience in the sciences at the University.

With the survey, Yoder said he hopes he can write recommendations for workplaces to be more accepting of diversity and quantify LGBTQ representation in science fields.

“For LGBTQ folks, we don’t even know if we’re underrepresented in sciences,” he said. “One of the basic motivations is to see who is out there.”

The article isn't necessarily an exact reflection of our views about the meaning of what we've found so far, but it does do a nice job connecting our findings to the personal experiences of individual scientists and science students across the University. You should go read the whole thing.

Queer in STEM in Bitch

Vivian Underhill, who's been writing the great Queered Science series over at Autostraddle, has a new article about queer experiences in scientific workplaces over at Bitch Magazine. And it features a cameo some familiar names:

Two scientists at the University of Minnesota, Jeremy Yoder and Allison Mattheis, just finished a nationwide survey of queer scientists, and found that the factors that seem to predict how out people are in professional contexts aren’t the size of their workplace, what part of the country they live in, or whether they work at a private or public institution. Instead, what makes the big difference is whether queer scientists rate their workplace as “safe and welcoming” and “whether their employer provides benefits and support for queer folks.”

But there's far more than the two of us, so you should really go read the whole article.

15 October, 2013

Slides from the CBS Bio-Diversity seminar

Thanks to everyone who came out to chat about the Queer in STEM study results at today's College of Biological Sciences Bio-Diversity Brown Bag! In case you couldn't attend, or if you want another look at the results, Jeremy's slides for the presentation are available for download right here.

As with our other preliminary presentations of data from the study, we'd love to hear feedback, questions, and opportunities to share information. However, we ask that you do not cite any information found on this site without contacting us directly at jbyoder@umn.edu or amatthe5@calstatela.edu beforehand. Thanks!

08 October, 2013

#QueerSTEM at Bio-Diversity Brown Bag Series


Jeremy will be presenting some of our results from the Queer in STEM study at noon next Tuesday, 15 October, as part of the Bio-Diversity Brown Bag Series held by the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences. The series is a collection of presentations and discussions on identity and its interaction with scientific work and study—right up our alley.

The seminar will feature a 20-minute presentation followed by discussion, and it's open to UMN students, faculty, and staff, as well as anyone interested in diversity in the sciences. Bring a lunch (that's the "brown bag" part) and your questions about LGBTQ identity and scientific careers to room 6-135 in Jackson Hall on the UMN East Bank campus.