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Women in STEM & Impostor Syndrome


This is a short piece by the president of Harvey Mudd talking about Impostor Syndrome. I am daily surrounded by some of the brilliant women on the planet, and I have definitely noticed that these women seem so suffer a greater proportion of self-doubt and to a greater extent. It is entirely subjective, but that is my impression, and it seems to be supported by studies.

For those unfamiliar with Harvey Mudd, it is a small college in Southern California, and one of the best engineering schools in the country. So good, that its graduates are the highest paid college graduates: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/which-college-and-which-major-will-make-you-richest/359628/

As a side note, apparently “impostor” and “imposter” are equally valid spellings: http://grammarist.com/spelling/imposter-impostor/

The same is true for “adviser” and “advisor”: http://grammarist.com/spelling/adviser-advisor/

For some reason, “imposter” and “advisor” are the natural spellings to my eyes, but statistics on usage seem to favor their rival spellings.





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