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Gifted women in STEM in Chile - why so few? Marieta Valdivia Lefort participates in research project

13 September 2021

Gifted Women in STEM in Chile - why so few?

From 2018 to 2021, UCL Americas PhD student Marieta C. Valdivia Lefort participated as research assistant in the FONDECYT project 1181770 "Gifted women in STEM: A longitudinal study about career choice in secondary education", which was conducted in Chile, in association with Universidad de los Andes and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV). The project was funded by Chile's National Fund for Science and Technology Development (Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Cientifico y Tecnologico - FONDECYT)

From the results obtained, the research team, together with the production company EME and the academic outreach initiative Abramos la Academia, created a video aimed at the general public entitled "Why do gifted women not choose STEM careers when they could?", which explores the factors that influence the low rate of gifted women who prefer mathematics and science in their academic choices, and highlights significant elements for future directions of education policy in Chile in terms of gender and development in STEM-related areas.

The research team associated with the project was as follows: the project's principal researcher was María Paz Gómez; the co-researches were Marianela Navarro Ciudad, Annjeanette Martin, María Leonor Conejeros Solar and Karin Roa Tampe; and the research assistants were Marieta Valdivia Lefort, Hernán Castillo Hermosilla, Bárbara Rivera Lino and Andrea González Urbina.

The original video, in Spanish with English subtitles, can be accessed on Youtube via this link.

Marieta C. Valdivia Lefort
Marieta Valdivia Lefort

Marieta completed her MSc Public Policy at the department of Political Science, University College London, in 2018. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies at the Institute of the Americas, University College London, under the supervision of Professors Paulo Drinot (UCL Americas) and Nicola Miller (UCL History). The working title of her research project is State Project and Education: The construction of a whitening and homogenising national identity imaginary in Chile between 1900 and 1970. Read more about her research here.


Marieta C. Valdivia Lefort | academic profile

Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Cientifico y Tecnologico - FONDECYT | website

Abramos la Academia | website

EME | website

Link to video on Youtube

Professor Paulo Drinot | academic profile

Professor Nicola Miller | academic profile


From top to bottom: still from video and Marieta C. Valdivia Lefort