How the Cobb Research Lab succeeds in increasing the number of STEM and STEM-affiliated Students
- W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory, Howard University
- Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Howard University
While research indicates an under-representation of African Americans and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), programs that mediate the problem have not been significantly effective. However, minority-serving institutions have been leaders in increasing the number of minority participants in STEM fields, particularly the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University. The W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory succeeds in their recruitment efforts because of the sociological insight provided to African American undergraduate STEM majors. The research will aim to understand how this insight is used to effectively recruit African American undergraduate STEM majors. Using participant data, a longitudinal study was conducted from 2014-2016 to investigate the levels of student participation in research and learning. The data is anticipated to indicate that a combination of purely scientific thought and sociological insight, if it aligned with their identity, increases the likelihood of African American undergraduate students’ participation in STEM fields and further in graduate and professional school.