Career talk

Careers in science, technology, engineering and math are needed for the U.S. to remain competitive in the global marketplace. But many college students fail or become bored with such courses, studies say.

Hear about this and the differences in educational systems across the world from Jim Riehl, dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth, at a Royal D. Alworth Jr. International Lecture at 7 p.m. today in the UMD Library fourth-floor rotunda.

The lecture, “A World View of STEM in Higher Education,” will describe Riehl’s study of 10 countries and include the impacts of national demographics, faculty attitudes and parental pressure on student career choice.