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Study addresses the lack of role models and recognisable women in STEM

June 11, 2019 / Andrew Ross

New research has found that UK workers in STEM are at a loss when it comes to naming key role models in their industry. Despite working in a STEM field, these professionals are more likely to recognise the Big Bang Theory’s Dr Sheldon Cooper over celebrated real-life scientists and mathematicians. According to research by tech-specialist jobs board CWJobs, there’s a significant lack of role models within STEM science, tech, engineering and maths, leaving many uninspired and without an identifiable route to pursue STEM careers. When asked to identify famous STEM figures, those surveyed struggled to recognise the likes of Bletchley Park codebreaker Alan Turing, Astronauts Helen Sharman and Tim Peake, and even the first man in space, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. While fictional characters from US comedy The Big Bang Theory came out as most recognisable, along with the X-Files stars Mulder and Scully.