1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 3, 2009 10:12 AM by Joseph Pialet

    How will we grow the next generation of scientists?

    Meka Parker

      Science jobs are moving overseas.  The U.S. education system is struggling to engage students in the sciences.

      The economy is limiting opportunities for young people to build their scientific interests into careers. 

       

      Check out Project Seed's video!  Nicely done!  http://www.acs-programs.org/SEED/

        • Re: How will we grow the next generation of scientists?
          Joseph Pialet

          We have probably lost part of the next few generations of scientists.

           

          I believe many young people go into science because they knew someone in the sciences and saw it was an interesting career and job oportunities meant they would almost certainly be able to find/keep a job.  These were often family members.

           

          A few years back, American companies began moving technical jobs overseas.  With the recession, many companies have laid off much of their technical staff.  I was a research chemist for a major chemical company for 30 years and almost everyone I worked with in research was laid off or forced into early retirement over a 5 years period.  Many had to leave chemistry to find a job.  This example will certainly convince many students to go into a much safer career.