Materials research is poised to play a pivotal role in addressing the grand challenges faced by society, from engineering better medicines to providing accessible clean water and renewable energy. However, complex problems require diverse teams. Therefore, there is an urgent need to address the diversity gap in materials science and engineering, especially for women.
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The author thanks those who have inspired and informed this Comment, including helpful discussions with J. Enszer, who is leading a number of relevant activities at University of Delaware related to student mentoring and teaching students how to learn, M. Sullivan, C. Kloxin, C. Grimes, C. Fromen and D. Konkolewicz; the ‘effective teaching: a workshop’ led by R. Felder and R. Brent (https://www.engr.ncsu.edu/stem-resources/legacy-site/); and the Rosalind Franklin Society, including N. Emanuel for her presentation at the 2018 Annual Board meeting related to the gender gap and elements of her working paper entitled Why do women earn less than men? Evidence from bus and train operators.
The author declares no competing interests.
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Kloxin, A.M. Addressing the leaky pipeline through mentoring and support: a personal perspective. Nat Rev Mater 4, 287–289 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41578-019-0109-0