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New study finds Interest in STEM is "contagious"

A recently multi-institution collaborative study between researchers at Florida International University, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, Northwestern College, and University of Virginia found that being a in a high school biology, chemistry, or physics classroom with high number of interested peers could boots STEM career interests for other students. This infectious trend can also help improve grades. When students see their science classmates as very interested in the class, they are more likely to develop an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. This infectious trend also affects their academic success.

Ross Accepts Tenure-Track Position

Monique Ross, a graduate student in engineering education in the STRIDE research group, has accepted a tenure-track job at Florida International University.

Godwin Receives NSF CAREER Award

Allison Godwin, assistant professor of engineering education, has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for her research titled, "Actualizing Latent Diversity: Building Innovation Through Engineering Students' Identity Development."

Verdin Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Dina Verdin, a graduate student in engineering education in the STRIDE research group, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her proposed work on first-generation students.
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Who We Are

When coming up for a name for our research group, we spent a lot of time figuring out who we wanted to be and how we wanted to represent ourselves.

We are passionate about changing the culture of engineering through research to make the discipline more inclusive of all types of people across the spectrum from K-12 through higher education and into engineering industry. We investigate how diverse people develop identities as engineers and how their social identities impact their inclusion, persistence, and feelings of belongingness in engineering.

Diversity, in our research, is framed not only as social constructions of race, gender, and class, but more broadly to include more hidden or latent forms of diversity including: sexual orientation, gender expression, and affective and attitudinal profiles.

We believe that having a broad representation of people in engineering makes engineering solutions and culture better. Our acronym, STRIDE, captures the large, forward motion that we plan to enact in engineering through our research, rather than incremental change. We Shape Transformative Research on Identity and Diversity in Engineering. We are STRIDE.