1. Diane Smoot, Ph.D.
  2. http://www.hssu.edu/ae/aefiles/35/Smoot.pdf
  3. Associate Professor of Computer Education
  5. Harris-Stowe State University
  1. Scott Horrell, Ph.D.
  3. Harris-Stowe State University
  1. Jana Marcette, Ph.D.
  2. http://www.linkedin.com/in/jana-marcette-ph-d-8666657
  3. Assistant Professor of Biology
  5. Harris-Stowe State University

BIO-BOOST Targeted Infusion Project

NSF Awards: 1533545

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)


Broadening participation in STEM requires that STEM practitioners (researchers and educators) create a welcoming and inclusive environment where underrepresented students can thrive. Students need to have access to opportunities for professional growth early, as one opportunity often leads to the next, and building this cultural capital is critical to success in STEM careers and graduate programs. As an open-access Historically Black College and University with more than 80% underrepresented and Pell-eligible students, Harris-Stowe State University is an ideal place to investigate how to support the successes of students that will lead to broadening participation in STEM. We are exploring an innovative practice to integrate biology faculty and class-based research space, bringing first-year undergraduates into the fold as well as the field. Through an NSF-funded Targeted-Infusion Project, students in our freshman introductory biology laboratory class participate in a Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) based in the instructor’s own research interests. Students create posters of their research projects and share them internally in an end-of –term poster session developing communication skills necessary for success in STEM careers. Seven students have also presented research conducted as part of this freshman course in professional-level regional and national meetings providing crucial opportunities to network, exposure to potential career paths, and advancing their career development.

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