STEM Programs and the Shortage of Future Scientists and Engineers



Recent reports show that we have a shortage in students majoring in the the STEM areas: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But why? What’s the problem? And how are high schools and universities working to combat the issue?


  • Eric Fingerhut (Vice President, Education and STEM Learning, Battelle)
  • Susan Olesik, (Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University)
  • David Tomasko (Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education and Student Services, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University)
  • Brian Geniusz (Science and Health Curriculum Leader, Worthington Schools)
  • Helen Chen (participant, Ohio’s Science and Engineering Talent Expansion Program)

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Click here for an infographic on the shortage of STEM majors in America.

Click here for more information on Ohio’s Science and Engineering Talent Expansion Program.

Click here for more information on Worthington’s STEM Program.

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  • Mlefever

    D. Tomasko’s response to the caller re: size of OSU as related to requiring an internship, “The university might place them in an experience they might not enjoy.” Really? Weak. The truth is, the hours of labor needed to support all those students and be a liaison between students and employers is not feasible. Students are left to figure that out for themselves. That’s OK, but the university needs to be transparent with this. “We’d love to hook you up with an internship, but we just don’t have the manpower needed to serve all of you well. Thanks for you tuition dollars and paid fees, now good luck!”