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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

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Countering stereotypes and enhancing women’s sense of belonging to reduce gender gaps in pSTEM

2015, Student Experience Research Network

This issue brief shares what researchers have learned about how belonging concerns affect gender representation in the physical sciences and engineering (pSTEM) and how we can use this understanding to increase women’s participation in these fields.

When students zone out, zero in on their desire to “matter” in life

2015, Student Experience Research Network

This research summary presents the findings of a study by SERN scholars David Yeager, Dave Paunesku, Gregory Walton, Sidney D'Mello, Angela Duckworth, and their colleagues that explored whether a “self-transcendent” purpose for learning could help students persist with tedious tasks.

Making science relevant to low-performing students raises their engagement and grades—and their plans to pursue science careers

2015, Student Experience Research Network

This research summary shares findings from a study by Christopher Hulleman and Judith Harackiewicz in which high school students made connections between science and their own lives through a series of brief writing exercises.

15 hacks for building diversity in tech

2015, Student Experience Research Network

This issue brief offers recommendations for creating inclusive environments within tech companies. Many recommendations also apply in other STEM-oriented environments.