GSE Associate Professor Jennie Park-Taylor and her research team are conducting a pilot project on urban minority youth and young adults and their engagement in STEM education, funded by a $10,000 proof-of-concept grant from the office of Virginia Roach, Ed.D., the dean of the Graduate School of Education. They are trying to pinpoint why so many underrepresented minority students drop out of STEM majors and identify possible points of intervention.
Researchers have already addressed the issue from a quantitative lens: dropout data, student enrollment numbers, retention rates. But few researchers have ventured past the numbers. Park-Taylor and her team are doing something different—searching for the answers through the students’ personal narratives. Read more in Fordham News.