The first goal of the STEM-US Research Center is to provide a CBPR national hub for broadening participation convergence research at 50 HBCUs. PVEST will be employed as a theoretical framework by the STEM-US Analytic Hub to understand student populations at 25 HBCUs, specifically how and why different categories of HBCUs are successful in broadening participation. Similarly, PVEST will be employed to investigate identity formation and gender intersectionality at these 25 HBCUs. PVEST will also be used to understand how and why the Center’s well-established, sub-focus satellite research projects broaden participation. These research projects include utilitarian Scientific Literacy, Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs), Computer Ecosystem at HBCUs, and Project Knowledge Mentoring Intervention. The above research projects will be led by Center PIs with impressive track records of publishing in these sub-focus areas. In addition, research will be conducted and published by more than 50 faculty members from the community of HBCUs. These faculty members will be trained by the Analytic Hub or the sub-focus area research leaders to conduct broadening participation research at their institution utilizing PVEST.
The education focus of STEM-US has four different branches: 1) training of undergraduate students, post-baccalaureate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows in broadening participation research; 2) faculty development in the science of broadening participation; 3) education and training of institutional effectiveness professionals in relevant social theory, such as PVEST; and 4) education of the public about the excellence and legacy of STEM programming at HBCUs. Education objectives will be integrated with knowledge transfer and outreach and be facilitated by: an annual STEM-US workshop-based conference; ongoing educational webinars in the Center’s satellite research sub-focus areas, as well as proposal writing and PVEST; a quarterly newsletter; a biweekly seminar series; and collaboration with STEM-Central to include a social media campaign and blogs.
An intellectual knowledge transfer infrastructure will be developed to ensure mutually beneficial communication and collaboration within the Center and among HBCUs to propagate ideas and discover new research and education opportunities. An aggressive outreach campaign will be implemented to allow the academic community to engage with, and learn from, the Center, including outreach to community stakeholders to identify future potential HBCU STEM majors. The knowledge transfer and outreach goals will, in part, be accomplished through the Center’s Academic Pipeline Project which serves as an online comprehensive resource guide listing STEM programs at HBCUs.