Influence and Motivation in STEM Among Underrepresented High School Students of Color

“Presented at the 2016 American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference in Washington, D.C. (April 8, 2016), this qualitative study examined the differing ways that boys and girls of color in the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) STEM program describe their motivations to pursue STEM studies. Among other findings of note, girls of color often reported entering STEM because …

Peer Network Effects and Persistence in Pursuit of STEM Higher Education for Underrepresented Groups

Presented at the 2015 National Symposium on Student Retention (November 4, 2015), this poster illuminates the role that gender and ethnic/racial identities play in the formation of peer networks in STEM for underrepresented students of color, with a special investigation of Computer Science majors. Among its findings: ethnic/racial identities, however not gender identities, are proposed as moderators of the attainment …

Perceived Barriers to Higher Education in STEM

This article was published in the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. Abstract: The underrepresentation of people of color in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) has become an increasing concern nationwide, with efforts focused on understanding mechanisms causing underrepresentation and implementing policies and interventions to increase diversity within STEM fields. Given the structural …

Gender and Racial Stereotype Endorsement: Examining the Impact on STEM Outcomes

This research study was presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention (May 22-25, 2014) in San Francisco. The research has implications for further understanding the presence and impact of psychological barriers to pursuit and persistence in STEM fields for students of color and has implications for effective programming to decrease stereotype endorsement and improve STEM outcomes among this …

Perceived Barriers and Endorsement of Stereotypes Among Adolescent Girls of Color in STEM

This presentation took place at the Alliance for Girls 2014 Annual Conference in San Francisco (May 28, 2014). The research explored data on the underrepresentation of girls of color in STEM, and findings relating to the perception of barriers to success in STEM and the endorsement of negative stereotypes about STEM ability by adolescent girls of color. View Presentation

Rigor, Role Models, and Relevance: Examining the Impact of a Culturally Relevant STEM Intervention Program for Underrepresented High School Students of Color

This study, presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in Philadelphia (April 3-7,2014), examined the effectiveness of a secondary level STEM intervention program; specifically, the impact this program has on student outcomes, and whether this program alleviates structural and psychological barriers and contributes to success in STEM.]] View Presentation

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. …

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 …