Where We Stand

Research has shown, time and again, that diversity is critical for driving innovation. Yet certain gender and racial groups continue to be underrepresented across STEM fields, limiting the full potential of the scientific enterprise.

Although women make up 48 percent of the US workforce and earn half of the bachelor’s degrees in STEM, they only represent 27 percent of STEM workers. Nearly 14 percent of the US population identifies as Black and they represent 11 percent of the overall workforce in the country, but only 9 percent of STEM workers. As for people who identify as Hispanic, they make up 16 percent of the workforce, but only 7 percent of all STEM workers. Learn more about the state of STEM.

To increase the representation within Upward Research Labs of groups underrepresented in biomedical research, we first need to understand our starting point.

Although women are well represented in our community, we can improve the number of women in leadership and investigator positions. As for representing different ethnic identities, we still have a lot of work to do before our community begins to accurately reflect the country’s population.