Variation in the LSAMP Summer Bridge Program: Effects on STEM Self-Efficacy, Belonging, and Intentions

The NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is a national effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. In 2016, UA was awarded a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to head the Alabama LSAMP program, which is an alliance of four-year institutions, community colleges, high schools, and industry partners. ALSAMP began as one of several similar alliance across…

Mobile Youth and Poverty Study

The Mobile Youth and Poverty Study (MYPS) consists of several datasets relating to poverty and adolescent risk in the Mobile, AL metropolitan statistical area. Its core dataset is the Mobile Youth Survey (MYS), administered annually to adolescents in impoverished neighborhoods in the Mobile MSA between 1998 and 2011. Its purpose was to examine risk and protective factors associated with substance use and abuse, violence and aggression, and sexual risk behavior among adolescents aged 10-18. Over 12,000…

Choosing Careers in Science and Math: An Integrated Approach

Despite great advances in some areas of science such as biology, the gender gap remains significant in many areas of science, engineering, and math. This suggests that innovative educational programs, although often effective in changing interest and performance in science and math courses, have not been broadly effective in altering girls’ career choices. In this project we integrate previous research in three areas of career influences: social-contextual influences such as classroom environment and culturally shared…

Race Relations at The University of Alabama

The year 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of integration at The University of Alabama. A team of University researchers developed a study to understand the status of race relations on campus. This study is patterned after a study conducted by researchers at the University from the 1960’s to the 1980’s and allowed researchers to compare the current situation with that of years past. Dr. Debra McCallum has teamed up with other researchers from The University…

Life Goals, Gender Roles, and STEM Career Interest

College women may abandon STEM majors at a greater rate than men because they believe that the pursuit of a STEM career conflicts with achieving other life goals. Few studies have investigated how the importance placed on specific life goals affects college major or career choices. We view changes in gender roles and life goals through the framework of “emerging adulthood” and expect changes in life goals to be systematically related to changes in college…

Children’s Behavior in Triadic Situations

This study examines how three teens work together as a small group.  One challenge that all small groups face is that coordinating three-way interaction is much more difficult than two-way interaction and at times coalitions form and one partner can feel left out or threatened by the closer relationship of the remaining two. Most of the time these feelings are transient and easily dismissed, but past theorizing has suggested that this is not always the…

Farm Theater: A Novel Safety Strategy Approach for Agricultural Communities

The increasing age of U.S. farmers, coupled with health challenges as age advances, create a high-risk work environment for older farmers. A preliminary study noted that the farm community desires to learn from each other, using stories and humor, rather than from age-based guidelines or brochures. A novel intervention, didactic readers theater is being tested among farm communities in the Southeast U.S. with farm couples ages 45 and over. The investigators partner with local agricultural…

Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Evaluation

The NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is a national effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. In 2016, UA was awarded a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to head the Alabama LSAMP program, which is an alliance of four-year institutions, community colleges, high schools, and industry partners. ALSAMP began as one of several similar alliance across…