Increase in Science Research Commitment in a Didactic and Laboratory-Based Program Targeted to Gifted Minority High-School Students

Kimberly J. Fraleigh-Lohrfink, M. Victoria Schneider, Dawayne Whittington, Andrew P. Feinberg

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Abstract

Underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields has been a growing concern. Efforts to ameliorate this have often been directed at college-level enrichment. However, mentoring in the sciences at a high-school age level may have a greater impact on career choices. The Center Scholars Program prepares gifted minority students for participation in college-level research while they are still in high school. Results from a case/comparison group study demonstrated that 86% of Center Scholars, compared to 50% of the comparison group, plan to pursue a career in science research, suggesting that high-school enrichment programs have a substantial impact on minority participation in science and research fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalRoeper Review
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Keywords

  • career commitment
  • genetics
  • genomics
  • gifted
  • high school
  • minority students
  • research
  • science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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