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Community Psychology and STEM Education

Community psychology is interested in developing strategies to enhance the quality of life or well-being of individuals. An increasing area of interest of community psychologists is in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education across the academic pipeline. Using community psychology principles of human diversity and action research, this research assesses several engineering education programs focusing on the educational and research training of undergraduate and graduate students. This research efforts also includes the evaluation of College of Engineering efforts to participate in innovative programs targeting adolescents of color and their parents about careers in STEM related fields. Thus, program evaluation using qualitative and quantitative methods is a critical component in the assessment of these STEM programs.