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Outreach Events Engage Queer and Transgender Youth in STEM

Queer Science is a new program at the University of Minnesota that invites queer and transgender high school students to the university. Students participate in college-level hands-on experiments with transgender and queer scientist who serve as mentors and role models for the participants. 

This page last updated 12 Aug 2019 - 9:43pm

NSF-OEDG Manoomin Science Camp Project: A Model for Engaging American Indian Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

This is a case study of an NSF funded program to increase participation in STEM and geosciences for American Indian students. Culturally relevant practices were utilized such as the Circle of learning, a conceptual framework that emphasizes trust and relationship building between researchers, teachers, students and American Indian community members. 

This page last updated 8 Aug 2019 - 1:25pm

Effectiveness of Geosciences Exploration Summer Program (GeoX) for Increasing Awareness and Knowledge of Geosciences

Researchers participated in a week long field experience for high school students to increase the pipeline of diverse students into the geosciences major.  Surveys were conducted with students and their parents to understand what the participants had learned about geosciences. About 56% of respondents indicated an interest in majoring in the geosciences. Findings indicate that early exposure to the geosciences increases interest in the major.

This page last updated 8 Aug 2019 - 1:26pm

Broadening Participation in the Earth Sciences

Out of all the physical sciences, earth sciences has the lowest participation of underrepresented minorities. Past research on factors contributing to the lack of diversity in geosciences, has focused on inadequate teacher preparation, lack of relevance or undefined career path, isolation and alienation of students of color at predominantly white institutions. In the last forty years the number of minority geoscience graduates has remained stagnant.

This page last updated 8 Aug 2019 - 12:19pm

Macrosystem Analysis of Programs and Strategies to Increase Underrepresented Populations in the Geosciences

Meeting the future demand for a qualified geoscience workforce will require efforts to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of an increasingly diverse student body. Doing this successfully requires renewed attention to the needs and characteristics of underrepresented students, which include ethnic and cultural minorities, women, and students with disabilities. We synthesize the current literature on successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) diversity programs and programs in the geosciences specifically through the lens of educational macrosystems.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:45pm

Introductory geosciences at the two-year college: Factors that influence student transfer intent with geoscience degree aspirations

The geosciences continue to lag behind the other sciences in both diversity and degree completion rates of students transferring from two-year colleges (2YCs). Critical to strengthening the transfer student pipeline is the need to identify who takes introductory geosciences courses at the 2YC level and what factors contribute to increased 2YC student transfer intent for those interested in pursuing geoscience degrees.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:43pm

A Decade of Lessons Learned

We describe our efforts at building programs in Earth and space science over the past decade at four Minority Institutions, Medgar Evers College, Norfolk State University, South Carolina State University and the University of Houston-Downtown. We present our institutional models of success and programmatic outcomes as well as barriers to success and lessons learned. The unique path to success for each school is described, along with experiences common among all four.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:38pm

Choosing the Geoscience Major: Important Factors, Race/Ethnicity, and Gender

Geoscience faces dual recruiting challenges: a pending workforce shortage and a lack of diversity. Already suffering from low visibility, geoscience does not resemble the makeup of the general population in terms of either race/ethnicity or gender and is among the least diverse of all science, technology, engineering, and math fields in the U.S. Many studies discuss recruiting and diversity issues in science and math, but only a small number consider—and address quantitatively—barriers in geoscience.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:22pm

A Multifaceted Outreach Model for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences in Buffalo, NY

Startling national statistics continue to illuminate the need for increasing the number of underrepresented minority students graduating with degrees in the geosciences. With increasing minority populations in the U.S., diversity becomes a key issue for the sustained success of college geoscience departments. The under-funded Buffalo Public School system struggles to provide quality science education to underrepresented students, which leads to few minorities pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees in local colleges and universities.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:20pm

The Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program: A Model for Broadening Participation of Underrepresented Groups in the Physical Sciences through Effective Partnerships with Minority- Serving Institutions

We describe the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge program as a successful model for effective partnerships with minority-serving institutions toward significantly broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in the physical sciences. The program couples targeted recruitment with active retention strategies, and is built upon a clearly defined structure that is flexible enough to address individual student needs while maintaining clearly communicated baseline standards for student performance.

This page last updated 18 May 2019 - 11:18pm

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