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STEM Excellence and Leadesrhip Final Evaluation Report

May 1, 2023 | Informal/Formal Connections, Public Programs

The STEM Excellence and Leadership project (Assouline et al., 2017) was funded by the National Science Foundation from 2017 to 2023 (Award #1713123). The project was organized around a research-practice partnership (RPP) between The University of Iowa College of Education Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (B-BC) and 11 original partner districts.  This report provides an overview of the rationale and design of the STEM Excellence Project, the key findings and takeaways from the research, and future directions for raising the aspirations of rural students for success in STEM fields. The work of creating opportunities is impactful and pathways to excellence in STEM must continue for students from rural and underserved communities.


  • Joni Lakin
    University of Alabama
  • Tamra Stambaugh
    Whitworth University
  • Citation



    Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
    Award Number: 1713123
    Funding Amount: $1,979,221.00
    Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
    Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
    Audience: Educators/Teachers | Evaluators | General Public | Learning Researchers
    Environment Type: K-12 Programs | Afterschool Programs
    Access and Inclusion: Rural

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