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Staying in Science

Staying in Science is an NSF-funded study exploring how formative science experiences impact the pathways of STEM-interested students from underrepresented groups. By identifying key supports and obstacles in these youths’ pathways towards STEM careers, this study seeks to help practitioners design more inclusive and equitable STEM learning experiences and supports.

SRI, with the American Museum of Natural History, will focus on 900 urban youth involved in a STEM research mentoring program. Using longitudinal social network and survey data, interviews and case studies, and matched student data from the New York City Public Schools’ records, researchers will examine how participation in scientists’ communities of practice impacts the development of youths’ social networks, and the role of these networks in youths’ STEM pathways after high school. This project is supported by NSF’s EHR Core Research (ECR) program, which emphasizes fundamental STEM education research that generates foundational knowledge in the field.

Co-Principal Investigator: Tim Podkul