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In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Bayer Re-Issues Recipe for Building a Diverse U.S. Innovation Generation

As the nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bayer revisits its Bayer Facts of Science Education XIV survey that explores the dual issues of diversity and underrepresentation in U.S. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. In the survey, the nation’s female and underrepresented minority chemists and chemical engineers offer their unique insights and recommendations for how the country can successfully attract and retain more women, African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians in STEM.

Here are their suggestions for key stakeholders:

Stakeholder Group   Key Recommendations

Pre-College (K-12)
Teachers/Educators

 

 Encourage and support students’ interest and passion in science

 Be proficient in science content and science teaching

 Offer more hands-on science experiences

 Teach without bias

 Strengthen K-12 science curriculum and classes

 Make science exciting, interesting and fun

 

Colleges/Universities  

 Offer scholarships, fellowships and grants to female and minority students

 Provide mentors, mentoring and role models

 Hire and promote more women and minority science faculty

 Encourage, engage and be involved with students

 Actively recruit and admit female and minority students to study STEM

 Create, encourage and support student groups for women and minorities

 

Females and Minorities
Themselves

 

 Set high standards, work hard and never give up

 Develop self-confidence

 Serve as mentors and role models

 Build/take advantage of peer networks and support groups

 Don’t let anyone tell you “you can’t”

 Take the initiative and assert yourself

 Be open to/seek opportunities

 

STEM Corporations  

 Recruit, hire and promote women and minorities for STEM jobs

 Provide mentors, mentoring and role models

 Offer high school and college internship opportunities

 Encourage and support STEM organizations and programs that support women and minorities

 Get involved with elementary, middle and high school STEM education

 Create and support family-friendly policies and working environments

 Communicate broadly about STEM importance and opportunities

 

STEM Professional
Societies/Organizations

 

 Provide mentors, mentoring and role models

 Build and support peer networks for women and minorities

 Recruit, actively, women and minorities for professional society membership

 Get involved with elementary, middle and high school STEM education

 Communicate broadly about STEM importance and opportunities

 Support women and minority STEM programs in your organization

 

Please visit Bayer’s Making Science Make Sense® web site (www.BayerUS.com/msms) for free PDF downloads of STEM education and diversity resources, including:

STEM Education, Science Literacy and the Innovation Workforce in America: Analysis and Insights from the Bayer Facts of Science Education Surveys 1995 - 2013

Building a Diverse U.S. STEM Workforce: Perspectives on Creating Successful Business Education Partnerships

Planting the Seeds for a Diverse U.S. STEM Pipeline: A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs

STEM Diversity and U.S. Higher Education: Recruiting, Retaining and Reinvigorating College STEM Programs

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About Bayer Corporation and Making Science Make Sense®

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. As an inventor company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer’s products and services are designed to benefit people and improve the quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and acts as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. In fiscal 2012, the Group employed 110,500 people and had sales of €39.8 billion. In North America, Bayer had 2012 net sales of €9,576 million ($12,257 million) and employed 15,300 at year-end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.

Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) is Bayer’s company-wide initiative that advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science education, employee volunteerism and a public education campaign. Currently, 12 Bayer sites around the U.S. operate local MSMS programs, which together represent a national volunteer corps of more than 1,000 employees. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com/msms.

Forward-Looking Statements

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