Majoring in a math or science field is challenging in itself, and working a part-time job on top of it gives the college struggle a whole new meaning — an issue that a new study this fall will explore.
The study, led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, aims to shed light on the challenges low-income students face while navigating science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors.
STEM-field majors are demanding subjects that often require large amounts of time outside of class for labs, research and study.
“This is not the kind of major you can do when you’re half asleep in a classroom,” said the study’s head researcher, Sara Goldrick-Rab.
A report published by the National Center for Educational Statistics in November reveals that only about half of students who entered college as a STEM major graduated as one.