This paper highlights some results on the priorities and considerations that determine the process of choosing to become a STEM PhD student in Slovenia. The research reported in this paper has been undertaken within the IRIS project, which is funded by the European Community under the Seventh Framework Programme (Grant Agreement No. 230043). The focus of IRIS is on disciplines that are challenged by low recruitment and low female participation. Research shows that women in general have lower self efficacy and perceive a higher costs associated with studying STEM; they identify less closely with the STEM disciplines and the scientists associated with them; women have different interests (IRIS, 2010).

This study had therefore two main objectives: (a) to identify which priorities male and female PhD STEM students in Slovenia have for their future careers, and (2) to identify different important factors that influenced their choice of studying a STEM PhD. The detailed analysis is still work in progress and the final results will be presented in the future.

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Why should I choose a STEM PhD?

Slavko DolinÅ¡ek   Instititute for Innovation and Development, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tina Hribar   Instititute for Innovation and Development, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

This paper highlights some results on the priorities and considerations that determine the process of choosing to become a STEM PhD student in Slovenia. The research reported in this paper has been undertaken within the IRIS project, which is funded by the European Community under the Seventh Framework Programme (Grant Agreement No. 230043). The focus of IRIS is on disciplines that are challenged by low recruitment and low female participation. Research shows that women in general have lower self efficacy and perceive a higher costs associated with studying STEM; they identify less closely with the STEM disciplines and the scientists associated with them; women have different interests (IRIS, 2010).

This study had therefore two main objectives: (a) to identify which priorities male and female PhD STEM students in Slovenia have for their future careers, and (2) to identify different important factors that influenced their choice of studying a STEM PhD. The detailed analysis is still work in progress and the final results will be presented in the future.

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