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Joseph Francisco Developed Love for Science in Nurturing Environments

Even though the University of Nebraska―Lincoln’s Dr. Joseph Francisco didn’t have a role model at home who had gone to college — his grandparents, whom he lived with, did not go further than the second and third grade — he built his foundation to be a leader in academia there.

In order to increase and maintain gender and ethnic diversity within the STEM professoriate, the “guru mentor model” should be scrapped and replaced with a more thoughtful approach to the specific needs that new STEM faculty members have as they seek to launch their careers.

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Even though mastery of math and science is a critical part of the effort to achieve more proportionate Black representation in STEM fields, a bigger part of the equation is to spark student interest in STEM careers.

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Xavier has used its summer campus programs to create a direct pipeline for middle and high school students, exposing them to the campus and rigorous study.

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In the last academic year, the HBCU faced a $3 million drop in net tuition revenue, the firing of its previous president and a federal investigation of allegations that the university provided false information on a federal grant proposal.

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Only 3 out of 10 African-American students with high potential for success in AP science course work take an AP science course.

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New STEM Awards: Breakthrough or Bust?

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Scholars question whether the Breakthrough Prizes will indeed generate excitement about science among members of groups underrepresented in STEM.

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The program was so successful that the school will offer the camp during the upcoming academic school year and has increased its efforts to recruit additional students.

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STEM Researchers: Do We Produce Right Stuff?

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There is a notion that we produce enough STEM graduates, but do we really?

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To keep up with demand for STEM jobs, administrators, faculty and staff created the STEM Council to coordinate STEM efforts across the two-year college’s three campuses.

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