The Nov. 4, 2011 New York Times article on STEM (science - technology - engineering - math) career paths shows clearly and succinctly that NO ONE is engaging in true investigative journalism anymore. The article by Christopher Drew, Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard) shows an appalling lack of insight into the issues facing flocks of interested and engaged science majors. Did this author spend five minutes in a laboratory talking to scientists working in the trenches? No.
Yes, science and engineering are HARD. OF COURSE ITS HARD...Science is fascinating in the abstract - but “doing science” is never easy. If it were easy we would have cures for cancer, heart disease, obesity and all infectious disease coming out of our ears. We’d have a shuttle to Mars where people would take vacations and someone would be working on a Warp engine to go faster than the speed of light by now. I know its hard because I have a Ph.D. from a highly regarded medical school and was a molecular biologist by trade for over 15 years.