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Research Highlights

Interdisciplinary research team brings $1.2 million NSF study to UNM

Monday, 5 December 2016

Roberto Ibarra
Professor  UNM Dept. of Sociology. 

Mario Rivera
Regents' Professor UNM School of Public Administration.

Michael Howland-Davis
Doctoral student , UNM Dept. of Sociology.

Gary Weissmann
Professor  UNM Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

A combination of UNM sociologists, a political scientist and a geologist are conducting innovative academic and evaluative research on one of the most successful science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education alliances in the country. 

University of New Mexico Professors Roberto Ibarra (Sociology) and Gary Weissmann (Earth and Planetary Sciences) with doctoral student Michael Howland-Davis (Sociology) recently launched A Study of Context Diversity in Research and Teaching in the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities/Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (WAESO/LSAMP) Program at Arizona State University. The study, not only funded, but required by the National Science Foundation (NSF), began on Oct. 1, 2016 and explores the impacts of commonly-found disparities between academic contextual culture and that of the student participants at ASU. This is the first time NSF required all LSAMP programs with more than 20 years of funding to include either a social science or education study in their proposals.

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