Research Reports

SMASH 2013 Evaluation Report

The Summer Math and Science Academy (SMASH) 2013 Evaluation Report was designed and implemented by the LPFI Research Team to:

  • Examine the goals, objectives, and activities of the SMASH program and construct measures to assess impact in each critical area.
  • Collect data from SMASH scholars to measure academic growth, attitudes, aspirations, and skills and understand students' perspectives of the SMASH program.
  • Utilize the data and findings to document outcomes and inform program growth and improvement.

Technology's Opportunity Gap [Infographic]

The following infographic, published by CODE2040 and LPFI, lays out the dire need to grow the tech workforce, the knowledge and skills gap in the education pipeline, and the underrepresentation of Blacks and Latino/as in the STEM economy. Finally, the infographic shows how two organizations, CODE2040 and LPFI, are working to improve the opportunity gap for Blacks and Latino/as.

Level Playing Field Institute: Improving STEM Outcomes for Students of Color in California

This study, which was presented at the 1st Annual California Department of Education STEM Symposium in Sacramento, CA (November 18-19, 2013), described the disparities facing students of color in K-12 STEM education, examined the impact of two out-of-school STEM intervention programs for students of color, SMASH Academy and SMASH: Prep, and discussed implications for broadening participation in STEM in California.

The Impact of College Success Courses for Low-Income, First-Generation, Students of Color to Promote the Pursuit of STEM in Higher Education

LPFI's research team presented on the outcomes of SMASH College Success courses to eliminate barriers to entrance, retention, and success in STEM fields in higher education at the National Symposium for Student Retention Conference in San Diego, CA (November 4-6, 2013). The College Success Course was developed to prepare underrepresented high school students for the college-going process. The College Success Course focuses on eliminating barriers facing low-income, first-generation students by focusing on college planning, financial planning, and career planning.

Perceived Barriers to Higher Education in STEM among High-Achieving Underrepresented High School Students of Color

This study, presented at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in San Francisco (April 27-31, 2013), examined perceptions of internal and external barriers to higher education in STEM, perceptions of barriers by race and gender, and the relationship between perceived barriers and STEM aspirations among 152 high school students of color in a STEM intervention program.

Gender and Racial Stereotype Endorsement and Implications for STEM Outcomes Among High-Achieving Underrepresented Adolescent Females

This study utilized 75 female high-achieving high school students participating in a STEM intervention program to examine the extent to which students endorse negative racial and gender stereotypes about ability in STEM fields and the impact that endorsing negative stereotypes has on future STEM aspirations. In addition, the study examined whether the 5-week intervention program affected negative stereotype endorsement and was associated with positive outcomes.

Success and Failure in 8th Grade Mathematics: Examining Outcomes among Middle Schoolers in the HSLS:09

This collaborative research project by Keith Howard (Chapman University), Martin Romero (UCLA) and Allison Scott (LPFI) examined mathematics outcomes among students in the base year of the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009. The HSLS:09 is a nationally representative longitudinal data set of over 21,000 ninth graders in 944 schools nationwide.

Bridging the K-12 and Higher Education Gap for Underrepresented Students of Color in STEM (Infographic)

LPFI's research team presented a research-based intervention framework to bridge the gap between K-12 and higher education and improve STEM outcomes among underrepresented students at the National Symposium for Student Retention Conference in New Orleans, LA (October 28-31, 2012).

Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science: A Study

LPFI's research team presented results from a pilot study examining computer science outcomes among students within the SMASH Academy at the Frontiers in Education: Computer Science and Computer Engineering conference in Las Vegas, NV July 22-25, 2013.  The presentation entitled, "Engaging Underrepresented Students in Computer Science: Examining the Effectiveness of a 5-week Computer Science Course in the SMASH Academy," revealed that students’ computer science skills and knowledge, and computer science aspirations significantly increased over the course of the 5-week

SMASH 2012 Evaluation Report

The Summer Math and Science Academy (SMASH) 2011-2012 Evaluation Report was designed and implemented by the LPFI Research Team to:

  • Examine the goals, objectives, and activities of the SMASH program and construct measures to assess impact in each critical area.
  • Collect data from SMASH scholars to measure academic growth, attitudes, aspirations, and skills and understand students' perspectives of the SMASH program.
  • Utilize the data and findings to document outcomes and inform program growth and improvement.
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