Academicians, politicians and industry leaders worry that too few young people are choosing science and engineering as careers. Although women scientists have made great strides in recent years, only 15 percent of the working scientists in this country are women, compared with 50 percent of the total professional work force.

What keeps women from pursuing careers in science and engineering? Are women confronted by discrimination and gender bias in the scientific community? Are hiring quotas fair, and what about pay equity?Those questions will be addressed during a panel discussion Tuesday, April 30, at 3 p.m., in the Eccles Conference Center Auditorium at Utah State University.

The discussion is hosted by the Northern Utah Chapter of the Association for Women in Science. The public is invited.

The panelists will be USU Provost and Professor of Chemistry, Karen Morse; Michael Kemp, associate dean of the College of Science at Texas A&M University; Susan Giannettino, Forest Supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service, and Elizabeth Vincent, a professional engineer with Parsons/Brinkerhoff Engineering.