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Psychology is an important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) discipline.

In 2010, the National Science Board published Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators:  Identifying and Developing our Nation’s Human Capital.  In it, the Chairman said, “Scientific and technological innovation continues to play an essential role in catalyzing the creation of new industries, spawning job growth, and improving the quality of life in the United States and throughout the world. Innovation relies, in part, on individuals possessing the knowledge, skills, creativity, and foresight to forge new paths.”

The BSU Psychology Department is proud of its continuing role in producing “the next generation of STEM innovators.”  One example is Virginia Kwan, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley.  Virginia received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from BSU in 1995, presenting a paper at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference in 1994.  She was named a Psychological Science’s Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2007 and currently directs her research lab, the Culture and Decision Science Network, at Arizona State University.

See how psychological scientists working with museums promote an understanding of psychology as a STEM discipline:  the National Living Laboratory.  Also, see how APA is leading research on how to retain students in STEM disciplines.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Engineering Indicators (2010) showed that almost 20% of all Bachelor’s degrees awarded in Science and Engineering were in Psychology.

In 2009, the NSF sponsored the Expert Panel Discussion, Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Innovators, which “brought together experts from a variety of relevant disciplines to provide input to the National Science Board's development of recommendations for NSF and the Federal Government to increase the pool of talent that will produce the Nation's future STEM innovators.”  Two psychologists were on the panel:  Dr. David Lubinski, Vanderbilt University, and Dr. R. Keith Sawyer, Washington University in St. Louis.

STEMCareer projected Psychology to have “faster than average” (14% - 19%) employment growth through 2018.