Facilitating Pathways to Success for High-Achieving Pre-Collegiate African American Males in STEM

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three year, $1.5 million award to researchers at The Ohio State University, University of South Florida, and the National Academy Foundation. Dr. Edward Fletcher, CETE Senior Faculty Fellow and Distinguished Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology serves as the Principal Investigator alongside Dr. Barbara Boone, CETE’s Program Director, and Dr. James L. Moore III, Ohio State’s Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.

Investigators are examining how participation in high school career academies help to promote STEM pathways for high-achieving low-income African American male students. The research plan includes studying school supports, schooling experiences, academic engagement, course-taking patterns, and family support systems of high-achieving African American male students. Narratives of how African American male students succeed in high school and in STEM will be provided and factors supporting the STEM participation and success of high-achieving, low-income African American males participating in high school STEM academies will be outlined.

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Principal Investigator: Dr. Edward Fletcher

Co-PI: Dr. Barbara Boone

Award Total: $1,498,259