Examining the Effectiveness of a STEM-focused Intervention Program

This study, presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in Philadelphia (April 3-7,2014), examined the efficacy of an intervention program designed to increase the preparation of African-American adolescent males in STEM. The study addressed the following research questions: (1) How did the program impact academic knowledge among African-American males? (2) What impact did the program have on participants’ …

The Impact of College Success Courses for Low-Income, First-Generation, Students of Color to Promote the Pursuit of STEM in Higher Education

LPFI’s research team presented on the outcomes of SMASH College Success courses to eliminate barriers to entrance, retention, and success in STEM fields in higher education at the National Symposium for Student Retention Conference in San Diego, CA (November 4-6, 2013). The College Success Course was developed to prepare underrepresented high school students for the college-going process. The College Success …

Level Playing Field Institute: Improving STEM Outcomes for Students of Color in California

This study, which was presented at the 1st Annual California Department of Education STEM Symposium in Sacramento, CA (November 18-19, 2013), described the disparities facing students of color in K-12 STEM education, examined the impact of two out-of-school STEM intervention programs for students of color, SMASH Academy and SMASH: Prep, and discussed implications for broadening participation in STEM in California. …

Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science: A Study

LPFI’s research team presented results from a pilot study examining computer science outcomes among students within the SMASH Academy at the Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering conference in Las Vegas, NV July 22-25, 2013. The presentation entitled, “Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science: Examining the Effectiveness of a 5-week Computer Science Course in the SMASH Academy,” revealed …

Bridging the K-12 and Higher Education Gap for Underrepresented Students of Color in STEM (Infographic)

LPFI’s research team presented a research-based intervention framework to bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education and improve STEM outcomes among underrepresented students at the National Symposium for Student Retention Conference in New Orleans, LA (October 28-31, 2012). This framework addresses structural and social/psychological barriers facing underrepresented students and proposes the following interventions: increasing academic preparation and college readiness …

Gender and Racial Stereotype Endorsement and Implications for STEM Outcomes Among High-Achieving Underrepresented Adolescent Females

This study utilized 75 female high-achieving high school students participating in a STEM intervention program to examine the extent to which students endorse negative racial and gender stereotypes about ability in STEM fields and the impact that endorsing negative stereotypes has on future STEM aspirations. In addition, the study examined whether the 5-week intervention program affected negative stereotype endorsement and …

Perceived Barriers to Higher Education in STEM among High-Achieving Underrepresented High School Students of Color

This study, presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in San Francisco (April 27-31, 2013), examined perceptions of internal and external barriers to higher education in STEM, perceptions of barriers by race and gender, and the relationship between perceived barriers and STEM aspirations among 152 high school students of color in a STEM intervention program. Findings demonstrated that …

Success and Failure in 8th Grade Mathematics: Examining Outcomes among Middle Schoolers in the HSLS:09

This collaborative research project by Keith Howard (Chapman University), Martin Romero (UCLA) and Allison Scott (LPFI) examined mathematics outcomes among students in the base year of the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009. The HSLS:09 is a nationally representative longitudinal data set of over 21,000 ninth graders in 944 schools nationwide. The study specifically examined Algebra coursetaking in 8th grade …