Regina Jusri (left) at the award ceremony (photographer: Louise Zenker / © Universität Bamberg)
In her thesis, the sociology graduate scrutinized the impact of the mathematical and verbal self-concept on gender-typical career aspirations of students in the ninth grade, respondents of the National Educational Panel Study’s Starting Cohort 4. The master’s thesis puts the measurable competencies of the adolescents in relation to their own perception of these skills. Especially in the field of mathematical competence, many male respondents tend to overestimate their actual abilities, whereas females do the opposite. This distortion can partially explain why fewer girls take up a STEM profession. Jusri works for LIfBi as part of the project “Returns to Education Over the Life Course: Well-Being, Social Capital and Participation in Adult Age (BiLev)”.