WASHINGTON – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) today announced $1,249,799 in National Science Foundation grant funding awarded to the University of Arizona College of Education for research on educational equity and diversity in STEM. The research itself is rooted in educational equity with the goal of broadening participation in STEM by studying student success and response at Hispanic Serving Institutions located near the U.S. – Mexico border.
The project will create research opportunities for a diverse cohort of postdoctoral fellows that will foster applied research on diversity and equity in undergraduate STEM education, specifically on increasing equity by using inclusive and culturally responsive practices in STEM.
“Educational equity depends upon creating and fostering an environment that allows for at-risk students to study and thrive academically,” said Rep. Grijalva. “This research will be critical to understanding how to engage and promote STEM education for youth and students of color. I’ll continue to support efforts that helps kids get an education and succeed.”
“The Research on Educational Equity and Diversity in STEM (REEDS) Postdoctoral Fellowship program is an exciting opportunity funded by the NSF to bring a diverse cohort of scholars together to improve STEM in the Tucson community and nationally,” said Heather Haeger, Research Director STEM Learning Center and assistant professor at University of Arizona College of Education. “Our research is focused on how students and educators can connect their cultures and communities to STEM education in order to build culturally responsive and inclusive STEM learning environments in high schools, community colleges, and universities. This research is deeply tied to our diverse local communities and the University of Arizona’s mission as a Hispanic Serving Institution in Southern Arizona.”
More information on the project can be found here.