Articles | Volume 53
Adv. Geosci., 53, 227–244, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-53-227-2020
Adv. Geosci., 53, 227–244, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-53-227-2020

  06 Oct 2020

06 Oct 2020

The influence of early experiences and university environment for female students choosing geoscience programs: a case study at Universidad de Chile

Tania Villaseñor et al.

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We interviewed 12 female students to examine their experiences in geosciences at the male-dominated Universidad de Chile. The experience moved from negative to positive in the transition from the early years of college, during which they experienced gender-based discrimination, to the geoscience major within which the presence of more women improved the environment. We discuss some strategies to increase the satisfaction of female students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).