30 June, 2013

Happy Pride!

We had a great time at the Twin Cities Pride Festival yesterday—and met a bunch more queer folks working in STEM. We were especially happy to make some new contacts in STEM-related education and industry, which should help broaden the study's perspective quite a bit.

Yesterday's recruiting kicked off a final push for survey participants—we're now anticipating closing the survey by the end of July. So if you haven't taken it yet ... well, what are you waiting for?

24 June, 2013

Meet some queers in STEM at Twin Cities Pride

We're pleased to announce that Allison and I and a few of our very best friends will be hosting a booth at the 2013 Twin Cities Pride festival in Loring Park this Saturday and Sunday. Come say hi, pick up a couple of our shiny new promotion cards to pass around, and bring anyone you know who hasn't participated in the survey yet.

Updated to add: Here's our booth location—in the Yellow section of the festival, north of the lake and near the School Zone.

18 June, 2013

Reviewing the literature on Mendeley

The actual bookshelf above my actual desk.

Before starting any scientific project, it's important to understand the current state of knowledge on your topic—how else can you figure out how to learn something new if you don't already know what others have discovered? But keeping current on the relevant literature is an ongoing task, too.

For the Queer in STEM study, we've opened a group on the reference-sharing site Mendeley to collect and discuss research about the intersection of LGBTQ identities and scientific research. Join us there to take a look at what sort of work has already been done, or to suggest studies we should take a look at as we go forward.

12 June, 2013

A bit-more-than-a-month update

rainbow flag : banner, harvey milk plaza, castro, san francisco (2012) Photo by torbakhopper.
Happy Pride Month—it's been more than a month since we launched this study, and what a month it's been!

Back on May 7, we opened an online survey of folks working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer. As of today, 1,523 people have answered the call—out of which, 1,180 participants have completed the key survey questions on their identity and experience.

Our "snowball sampling" method of asking participants to pass along links to the study has been extremely successful: we know that the survey has been mentioned in at least 185 tweets, recommended 467 times on Facebook, and shared 20 times on Google+. We've been linked from websites we know well—like It's Okay to Be Smart and Minority Postdoc—and also from new friends like Geek Feminism, The Asexual Agenda, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Lab and Field, and many, many folks on Tumblr.

We've been especially glad to hear from folks working in industry or research outside of academia—if you haven't already, please help us reach out to other folks in the private sector, outside the networks we're more familiar with as university researchers. And, to those of you in academia, we greatly appreciate your sharing the survey with friends and colleagues working both within and outside of university settings.

All in all, it's been a fantastic response, and we have reason to think that there are still a lot more potential participants left to reach.