The research team at LPFI examines inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Our Research Priority Areas of Focus:
- Inequity in access and opportunity for underrepresented students of color in K-12 STEM education.
- Social/psychological mechanisms impacting engagement and persistence in STEM for underrepresented students of color.
- Effectiveness of STEM intervention programs for middle and high school students of color (e.g., SMASH and SMASH Prep).
- Innovative approaches to pedagogy and curriculum to engage underrepresented students in STEM subjects and improve academic outcomes.
- Lack of diversity in STEM workplaces, specifically focusing on biases and barriers for individuals from underrepresented groups (e.g., race, gender).