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STEM Higher Education


Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) education is a critical to social and economic prosperity in the United States, yet equitable access to and success in postsecondary STEM remains a critical problem. CHERP researchers are interested in studying how STEM programs can transform to achieve more equitable outcomes and better serve Students of Color, first-generation, and low-income STEM college students.

UPSTEM Research

CHERP researchers partnered with the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) at the University of Utah. The Utah Pathways to STEM Initiative (UPSTEM) is funded by the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative. UPSTEM supports faculty learning communities, inclusive curricula, and improved degree pathways for pre-transfer and post-transfer students from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). CHERP researchers are studying and assessing the climate in the College of Science and examining the effects of inclusive teaching pedagogies.

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ReUSE Evaluation

CHERP researchers are evaluating the Research Experience in Utah for Sustainable Materials Engineering (ReUSE), funded by the National Science Foundation. The ReUSE REU program is training undergraduates in principles of sustainable materials engineering through a 10-week deeply embedded learning experience alongside skilled mentors.

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Last Updated: 5/8/23