There is a growing and unmet demand in the labor market for college graduates with degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); yet, few students pursue and earn such degrees. Attrition is particularly pronounced among students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields including Black and Hispanic students (Carnevale et al., 2011; Chen, 2013; Hurtado, Eagan, & Chang, 2010; Whalen & Shelley, 2010).
Broadening participation and increasing diversity in STEM is essential. Research has shown that students tend to not pursue STEM beyond requirements if they do not have opportunities to attach personal meaning or otherwise see relevance in STEM (Basu & Barton, 2007; Campbell, Denes, & Morrison, 2000; Costa, 1995). The Science Research Mentoring Programs (SRMP) Consortium includes 15 programs providing science research experience opportunities for under-resourced, high potential youth across New York City. These programs are referred to as “communities of practice” where students gain experience with scientific language, tools, and practices and come to identify as members of that community. Read More