Precollege and College Preparation for Becoming a Scientist

  • Thomas LandefeldEmail author
Part of the Mentoring in Academia and Industry book series (MAI, volume 4)


Preparing for a career in science has to begin at a very early age, especially for the disadvantaged, in order for the individual to be competitive. In fact, for those interested in science careers, decisions are often made as early as the fourth grade, resulting in a significant loss of numbers of students, particularly ethnic minorities, for future science careers at a very early age. As such, it is critical to not only expose young people very early to positive influences of science but also to engage them in a way that will help them to continue to stay on track and actually build up their experiences so as to make them most competitive in the field. Although the “things” that they need to do are easily identifiable, the key component is having mentors there to assist them, advise them and generally help to guide them in taking full advantage of the opportunities, and in doing so, strengthening their credentials so that they will be successful. Interestingly, many of the things that students need to do in K-12 are similar to those that they need to do as a college student, obviously just at a different level, which is why the earlier they start, the better prepared and more competitive they will be.


Minority Student Science Career Personal Statement Business Card Admission Committee 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Adams HG (2002) Get up with something on your mind. Gemstones for Living. Marietta, GA.Google Scholar
  2. Associated Press (2008) Some students take jagged path to graduation. Diverse Issues in Higher Education online.
  3. Elfman L (2009) AP results improve for other minority students, though Blacks still lag behind. Diverse Issues in Higher Education online.
  4. Jaschik S (2006) Momentum for going SAT-optional. Inside Higher Education online.
  5. Jaschik S (2009) The impact of dropping the SAT. Inside Higher Education online.
  6. Jones SE (2006) Just What the PhD Ordered. Spare Not Publishing, Birmingham, ALGoogle Scholar
  7. Limbach P (2003) Mentoring minority science students: can a white male really be an effective mentor?. Minority Scientists Network AAAS: Next Wave.
  8. Mangan K (2009) Medical schools should re-examine admissions and training methods, experts say. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Accessed 1 Jan 2009
  9. Moltz D (2009) Promoting early college. Inside Higher Education online.
  10. Moore FL, Penn ML (2005) Finding Your North. PotentSci LLC, Emeryville, CAGoogle Scholar
  11. Petchauer E (2008) But Professor? You’re not white, you’re German, right?. Diverse: The Academy Speaks – Diverse Issues in Higher Education online. Accessed 8 Dec 2008

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CSU Dominguez HillsCarsonUSA

Personalised recommendations