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Undergraduate Women in STEM

Title: Undergraduate Women in STEM: Does Participation in Stem Extracurricular Programs Enhance Success Among Students?.
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Name(s): Price, Kasey Marie, author
Schwartz, Robert A., professor directing dissertation
Blessing, Susan, university representative
Guthrie, Kathy, committee member
Milton, Sande, committee member
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Women have been underrepresented in the STEM fields since the 1650's to today (Hunter, 2005). This study examined the extracurricular participation of undergraduate women, in Fall 2009, using both quantitative and qualitative methods, who were majoring in at least one (1) of the 49 STEM majors at Southeastern State University participated in STEM extracurricular programs and if any specific program contributed to success more than other programs. A second question was whether participation in an extracurricular program(s) influenced their success. Women who were older, had been enrolled more semesters, had more credit hours, and had families with higher incomes were more likely to be involved in STEM only or STEM and Non-STEM extracurricular activities. Additionally, students who completed a high level of high school math, had a higher high school GPA, had received a regular high school diploma, and who had mothers with a higher level of education were also more likely to be involved in STEM only or STEM and Non-STEM extracurricular activities. Students who had been enrolled in college seven (7) or more semesters, who had selected their current major within their first year of college, were more likely to be involved in STEM extracurricular activities. Students believe that their STEM extracurricular involvement helps them to be successful because it provided them with student relationships, opportunity for the future, advising relationships, mentorship, and exploration of the campus and larger community. This study may be useful for student affairs professionals and academics who take an active role in serving as advisors, mentors, and providers of STEM-related opportunities.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-7064 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: April 1, 2010.
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Robert A. Schwartz, Professor Directing Dissertation; Susan Blessing, University Representative; Kathy Guthrie, Committee Member; Sande Milton, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational leadership
Education and state
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-7064
Owner Institution: FSU

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Price, K. M. (2010). Undergraduate Women in STEM: Does Participation in Stem Extracurricular Programs Enhance Success Among Students? Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-7064