Monthly Archives: May 2017

Peer Mentoring Circles: A strategy for thriving in science


Academia can feel like an isolating career, particularly for those belonging to groups that are underrepresented by STEM. In this blog, Dr. Claire Horner-Devine, Dr. Cara Margherio, Dr. Sheri Mizumori and Dr. Joyce Yen tell us about a mechanism called Peer Mentoring Circles, which aim to provide participants with community, ongoing connection and a supportive environment.


Girls, how does it feel studying physics?


Prompted by previous research observing that engagement in science is strongly influenced by what happens outside school, researchers from Murdoch University wanted to find out what successful female students think influenced their engagement in high school physics. Physics is regarded as a high-status subject, although sometimes viewed as a “boy’s subject”. The picture that emerges around females’ enrollment choices in science, recently published in a paper on the International Journal of STEM Education, is multi-faceted.