NSF INCLUDES: A Program Designed to Recruit, Retain, and Train Hispanic Women in STEM Disciplines

Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2016 to Sunday, September 30, 2018
Resource Type:
Project Descriptions
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Summer and Extended Camps, Informal/Formal Connections, Higher Education Programs
Audience: 
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals
Discipline: 
General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Ethnic/Racial
Hispanic/Latinx Communities
Women and Girls
Organization:
Randolph-Macon College
Description or Abstract: 

General Summary

This project seeks to prepare female Hispanic students for leadership in the STEM workforce. The project seeks to determine if a blended set of STEM engagement activities including summer intensive laboratory-based experiential learning and out-of-school STEM activities, peer support, mentoring, and financial assistance can help to take target students through a traditional leaky workforce and educational pipeline resulting in matriculation to and graduation from undergraduate STEM programs. If successful, the work will increase participation and leadership of Hispanic women in the STEM workforce. To accomplish these goals, the PIs will: (1) work with partners to identify, recruit, and screen bright, energetic Hispanic females in their freshman year of high school who show promise and interest in STEM disciplines; (2) engage selected students and their families in formal and informal STEM learning both throughout the school year and during summer residential experiences to enable the students to further develop and clarify their STEM calling; (3)prepare the students to matriculate to undergraduate college; (4) provide program participants with full-tuition scholarships to ensure undergraduate education is attainable; and (5) at our institution and partner colleges, provide dedicated advisors and mentors and cohort activities to ensure undergraduate persistence and success.

Technical Summary

The PIs seek to prepare female Hispanic students for leadership in the STEM workforce. To compete in the global economy, maintain national security, and meet serious environmental challenges, more skilled graduates are needed to fill STEM jobs. An untapped source of talent exists in those populations that continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields, including women and people of color. This work will help to determine if a blended set of STEM engagement activities including summer intensive laboratory-based experiential learning and out-of-school STEM activities, peer support, mentoring, and financial assistance can help to take target students through a traditional leaky pipeline resulting in matriculation to and graduation from undergraduate STEM education. The work builds on research that shows that mentored research opportunities and peer support and interaction improves persistence in female students. It also builds on regional models of collective impact whereby a variety of corporate, nonprofit, and foundation organizations successfully join together for large-impact projects. If successful, the work will increase participation and leadership of Hispanic women in the STEM workforce.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
NSF INCLUDES
Award Number: 
1649289
Funding Amount: 
$299,956.00

Team Members

April MarchettiApril MarchettiPrincipal Investigator
Charles EnglishCharles EnglishCo-Principal Investigator
Rebecca MichelsenRebecca MichelsenCo-Principal Investigator
Rachele DominguezRachele DominguezCo-Principal Investigator
Laurie MasseryLaurie MasseryCo-Principal Investigator

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