The role of racialized biases in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that influence high achieving historically marginalized students’ graduate and career trajectories, particularly their interest in college faculty positions. The role of resiliency, wellness and mental health issues for mathematically high-achieving African American high school and post-secondary students; and identity (racial, mathematics, ethnic) development in high-achieving historically marginalized STEM students of color.


From Stereotype Threat to Stereotype Management and Beyond:

Successful Asian, Black and Latinos in Science and Mathematics

As a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow working with the Scientific Careers Research and Development Group, at Northwestern University, I performed a three-year research study to examine the experiences and academic and career decisions of 61 STEM Black, Latino, and Asian advanced undergraduate college students, who are expected to realize their ambitions in those fields.  On the goals was better understand why so few academically successful Black and Latino STEM college students are pursuing graduate education or careers in their respective disciplines. To determine if their trajectories are different from students who are not typically stereotyped negatively, the experiences of Asian/Asian American students were germane to the goals of the study. The proposed research is intended to reveal the factors and considerations impacting the academic and career decisions of these students, and how their decisions have been shaped by prior, sometimes racialized, experiences.

Please watch this video from Dr. McGee describing the study.

Instead of one long documentary, presented here a series of video clips that shaped these students STEM and life experiences. I would like to thank the National Science Foundation who funded this study, the Scientific Careers Research and Development Group at Northwestern University – in particular Drs. Richard McGee, Patricia Campbell, and Sandra LaBlance,- the six participating post-secondary institutions where this study was conducted, and the 61 students who graciously and fearlessly shared their lives.

Results of the Study are presented in these edited video clips. The approximate time of each clip is 10-15 minutes and each will open in a new window.

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STEM and Racial Stereotypes
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STEM and Student Confidence
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Coping with STEM Stress
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Gender and STEM
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Greatest Scientific Invention
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