Dr. Kari Terhune presents data from IN LSAMP at Assessment Institute
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the population of IN LSAMP applicants is important to Co-PI and Campus
Director, Dr. Patricia Lang. This past fall she worked with Dr. Kari Terhune at
Ball State University analyzing data collected from IN LSAMP online
applications. Their research in collaboration with the IN LSAMP Project Manager,
Michelle Quirke, was designed to understand URM STEM student perspectives. The
findings were shared by Dr. Terhune as a poster presentation, Qualities of Early Career STEM Students,
at the Assessment Institute at IUPUI on October 22, 2018.
analyzed submissions from over 115 applicants and found that a third of all the
applicants describe themselves as committed and passionate about their STEM
majors, almost half have financial barriers to overcome, and about a fourth
still work to overcome barriers of isolation that are to due race and
ethnicity. Additionally, approximately 16% of female applicants included gender
as a barrier to overcome. The researchers will use this and other information
to assist the IN LSAMP campuses in building understanding of both the strengths
and challenges of their LSAMP Scholars and to consider strategies to address
barriers to student success.
collection is ongoing and will be analyzed throughout the award. The research
team plan to continue their work and look towards publishing their results.