Broadening Participation in the STEM Pipeline

Broadening participation of underrepresented groups is an issue of concern to STEM education researchers (see for example the current REESE solicitation, NSF 09-601, p. 11). Key issues include: identifying resources to support underrepresented students and researchers; promoting their career development; recruiting them as members of project teams; and broadening participation more generally. A number of online resources addressing these issues are available; links to several of them are provided below and on the following pages. Please contact us to recommend additional resources.

NSF: Broadening Participation for Greater Diversity
This NSF resource provides a wide array of links, manuals, and reports pertaining to women, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities in the mathematical and physical sciences (MPS) and related fields. The following topics are included: recruitment, retention and mentoring, diversity resources, networks and organizations, academic institutions, and activities and programs aimed at broadening participation in the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR).

AAAS: Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity
This American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center deals directly with issues of underrepresentation in the STEM sciences, focusing on interdisciplinary efforts to address these issues in institutions of higher education. Among other things, the Center sponsors workshops and conferences on broadening participation in STEM.

AAAS: Center for Careers in Science and Technology
This collaboration of AAAS and partner centers for career development in STEM houses resources for links to its programs and resources and those of its member AAAS departments and affiliated organizations.

Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP)
COSEPUP is a joint unit of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The committee mainly conducts studies on cross-cutting issues in science and technology policy and recently published Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation, which explores the role of diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce and its value in keeping America innovative and competitive. 

Please follow these links for additional information on:

Funding resources for underrepresented researchers in STEM fields

Professional organizations with an interest in broadening participation

Research findings related to underrepresentation in STEM