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Careers in Science

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Braben, Donald. To Be A Scientist: The Spirit of Adventure in Science and Technology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1994. This book is intended to provoke the curiosity of people interested in pursuing science. It describes what it is like to be a scientist, how one becomes a scientist, and why what scientists do and how they do it is important to everyone. (1-3)

The Genetics Society of America and The American Society of Human Genetics. Solving the Puzzle: Careers in Genetics. Bethesda, MD: The Genetics Society of America and The American Society of Human Genetics, 1993. This small pamphlet gives an overview of various careers in genetics, as well as profiles and autobiographical essays by scientists and clinical practitioners. (1-3)

Judson, Horace Freeland. The Search for Solutions: How We Know What We Know About the Universe and How We Know It's True. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987. The author examines how the human mind identifies problems, discovers patterns, gathers evidence, forms theories, and draws conclusions about the world around us. (1-4)

Kass-Simon, G. and Farnes, Patricia. Women of Science: Righting the Record. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993. An in-depth look at the role women have played in archeology, geology, astronomy, math, engineering, physics, biology, medicine, and chemistry. (1-3)

Kantrowitz, Mark and DiGennaro, Joann P. Prentice Hall Guide to Scholarships and Fellowships for Math and Science Students. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1993. A directory of financial aid resources and job opportunities that also provides the basic information needed for obtaining facts about and applying for more than 200 scholarships, fellowships, competitions, internships, and summer jobs geared almost exclusively to students interested in the sciences. (1-3)

Lasky, Barry, ed. The New Careers Directory: Internships and Professional Opportunities in Technology and Social Change. Student Pugwash USA, 1993. This reference includes data on 300 organizations that offer paid and unpaid internships and entry-level jobs in scientific and technological fields. The directory emphasizes programs that target women and minorities. (1-3)

Schiebinger, Linda. The Mind Has No Sex. Women in the Origins of Modern Science. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991. An analytical discussion of the lives and contributions of many woman scientists and the conditions under which they worked. (1-4)

Tobias, Sheila. They're Not Dumb, They're Different: Stalking the Second Tier. Washington, DC: Science News Books, 1990. Tobias, a noted authority on making science and mathematics more accessible to students, provides new ways to interest talented students in pursuing college courses that lead to careers in science and technology. (3-4)

Yentsch, Clarice M. and Sindermann, Carl J. The Woman Scientist: Meeting the Challenges for a Successful Career. New York, NY: Plenum, 1992. Science teachers and others who may influence students' attitudes about the roles of women scientists should be encouraged to read this book. Chapters deal with status, career goals, early education, and training; a time-line approach to women's lifestyles as career scientists; employment and unemployment; positions of power and influence; support roles, mentors, and role models; participation in science societies; subtle forms of gender-based differential treatment; and career phases. (3-4)

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