For Black, Latin American and Native American students, the largest leak in the STEM pipeline occurs between high school and college. For 6 years The Lamont-Doherty Secondary School Field Research Program has engaged high school students and teachers from NYC in field or laboratory research projects. Our partners are non-competitive entry neighborhood-based public schools. They are predominantly Title I/Title III populations and over 75% Black and Latino. Our student participants have been over 90% from under-represented minorities and approximately 50% young women.
The results have been very positive. All of our graduates attend college. Enrollment in after-school science clubs is dramatically up. Approximately a dozen students have presented posters at professional science meetings. Two of our girls won the team competition at the NYC Science and Engineering Fair. A semi-formal network of collaborating scientists, technicians and teachers has formed around the field work.
In this poster, we present the Program as a potential model for intervention by research institutions and departments that can (a) improve college attendance, (b) improve STEM recruitment and (c) invigorate teaching practices at this critical educational gateway.
Presented by Robert Newton, Susan Vincent, Katherine Allen, and Kuheli Dutt at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT
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