Experiential Learning: Engaging the Next Diverse Generation of Scientists

Experiential Learning: Engaging the Next Diverse Generation of Scientists

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Author(s): Mark A. Brown, Gillian Bowser, Emily N. Quick Bear, Amanda L. Purnell, Ellyn M. Dickmann

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Abstract

Among the key challenges in science education, low numbers of underrepresented students completing science degrees is a major bottleneck in the development of the US science and technology workforce. The relatively low persistence and retention of African American, Hispanic, and Native American students in undergraduate science programs have a host of negative impacts on issues ranging from the national economy to the conceptualization of advanced degrees and the careers that underrepresented students consider as realistic options. The Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network and the Global Women Scholars Network have responded to this challenge by establishing a summer research academy in the sciences which uses best practices in experiential learning to engage underrepresented students in the sciences. In the past three years, over 100 students have participated in this academy. While over 75% of these students have been underrepresented minorities, 100% have been retained in science and technology related disciplines. This summer research academy is well on its way to becoming a model program for using experiential learning to engage and train the next diverse generation of scientists.

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