Are Sexual Minority Students Less Likely to Persist in STEM Degrees? (image) American Association for the Advancement of Science Share Print E-Mail Caption Bryce E. Hughes evaluated data from a national longitudinal survey, including responses from over 4,000 students, and found that sexual minority students -- lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer - were less likely than their heterosexual peers to be retained in STEM degrees after four years of college. Credit Carla Schaffer / AAAS Usage Restrictions Please cite the owner of the material when publishing. This material may be freely used by reporters as part of news coverage, with proper attribution. Non-reporters must contact Science for permission. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.