The Influence of Gender in Bioinformatics: Biology Meets Computer Science
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gender research, bioinformatics, education
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Bioinformatics is a new hybrid field between biology andcomputer science. There is little to no research on genderbias in this new field. Previous research on equity inbiology and computer science data shows:
- In 2016, women received more than 50% of allbiological science degrees but only 19% of computerscience bachelor’s degrees (NSF 2017).
- Even in seemingly equitable fields, like biology, femalestudents participate less in class than male studentsand male students earn higher grades thancomparable female students. This differencedisappears if the class is taught by a female instructor(Bailey 2020).
- Students who participate more have a greater sense ofbelonging in the class and field (Lewis 2016).
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Parco, M.; Xia, Y.; Nichols, S.; and Bailey, E. G., "The Influence of Gender in Bioinformatics: Biology Meets Computer Science" (2021). Library/Life Sciences Undergraduate Poster Competition 2021. 5.
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