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Ballen, Cissy J.; Wieman, Carl; Salehi, Shima; Searle, Jeremy B.; Zamudio, Kelly R. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Efforts to retain underrepresented minority (URM) students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have shown only limited success in higher education, due in part to a persistent achievement gap between students from historically underrepresented and well-represented backgrounds. To test the hypothesis that active learning…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Minority Group Students, Disproportionate Representation, STEM Education
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Findley-Van Nostrand, Danielle; Pollenz, Richard S. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
The persistence of undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines is a national issue based on STEM workforce projections. We implemented a weeklong pre-college engagement STEM Academy (SA) program aimed at addressing several areas related to STEM retention. We validated an instrument that was…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, Program Effectiveness
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Isaac, Carol; Kaatz, Anna; Lee, Barbara; Carnes, Molly – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2012
Women are sparsely represented in leadership in academic science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Cultural stereotypes about men, women, and leaders influence the attitudes, judgments, and decisions that others make about women and the choices women make for themselves. Multilevel interventions are needed to counteract…
Descriptors: Women Faculty, Leadership, Self Efficacy, Self Esteem
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Clark, Sheri L.; Dyar, Christina; Maung, Nina; London, Bonita – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Despite growing diversity among life sciences professionals, members of historically underrepresented groups (e.g., women) continue to encounter barriers to academic and career advancement, such as subtle messages and stereotypes that signal low value for women, and fewer opportunities for quality mentoring relationships. These barriers reinforce…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Biological Sciences, Graduate Students, Learner Engagement
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Olimpo, Jeffrey T.; Fisher, Ginger R.; DeChenne-Peters, Sue Ellen – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Within the past decade, course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) have emerged as a viable mechanism to enhance novices' development of scientific reasoning and process skills in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Recent evidence within the bioeducation literature suggests that student engagement in…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation
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Kovarik, Dina N.; Patterson, Davis G.; Cohen, Carolyn; Sanders, Elizabeth A.; Peterson, Karen A.; Porter, Sandra G.; Chowning, Jeanne Ting – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2013
We investigated the effects of our Bio-ITEST teacher professional development model and bioinformatics curricula on cognitive traits (awareness, engagement, self-efficacy, and relevance) in high school teachers and students that are known to accompany a developing interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. The…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, High Schools, Secondary School Science, STEM Education
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Frantz, Kyle J.; Demetrikopoulos, Melissa K.; Britner, Shari L.; Carruth, Laura L.; Williams, Brian A.; Pecore, John L.; DeHaan, Robert L.; Goode, Christopher T. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
Undergraduate research experiences confer benefits on students bound for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, but the low number of research professionals available to serve as mentors often limits access to research. Within the context of our summer research program (BRAIN), we tested the hypothesis that a team-based…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Characteristics, Personality Traits, Career Development
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Maton, Kenneth I.; Beason, Tiffany S.; Godsay, Surbhi; Domingo, Mariano R. Sto.; Bailey, TaShara C.; Sun, Shuyan; Hrabowski, Freeman A., III – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Previous research has shown that the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is an effective intervention for high-achieving underrepresented minority (URM) students; African-American Meyerhoff students are significantly more likely to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) PhD programs…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Doctoral Programs, Graduation Rate, Intervention
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Hanauer, David I.; Graham, Mark J.; Hatfull, Graham F. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2016
Curricular changes that promote undergraduate persistence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are likely associated with particular student psychological outcomes, and tools are needed that effectively assess these developments. Here, we describe the theoretical basis, psychometric properties, and predictive…
Descriptors: College Students, Academic Persistence, Psychometrics, Predictive Validity
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Tan-Wilson, Anna; Stamp, Nancy – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2015
In career discussions, female undergraduates said that if they were to attend graduate school in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and were to follow a career based on their research training, they would have to give up having a family. A subsequent survey showed that many students, both men and women, thought work-life…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Science Careers, Family Work Relationship, Researchers