Paper Explores Female Social Comparison in STEM Fields

May 19, 2020
PhD candidate Kate T. Luong

Published in the Communication Monographs journal, a new study investigates the gender gap in STEM research roles. The authors examine representations of female veterinary students and the ways those representations affect girls pursuing careers in STEM fields.

PhD candidate Kate Luong and professor Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick worked with Stefan Niewiesk, chair of Ohio State's Department of Veterinary Biosciences, to conduct the study and write the paper. The authors explore the impact of role congruity theory, social comparison theory and role salience.

For more information, read the NCA's announcement or the full research paper.