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"I produce 10 data points that completely undermine what everybody thinks they know about the archaeological record here. It was really important and really interesting, and almost nobody believed me." -Joan Brenner Coltrain
Jennifer Zimbroff (pictured above) wanted to understand why qualified high school students, especially minority students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, fail to take advantage of the college opportunities that are available to them.
"The failure to diversify the faculties and student populations in most earth and space science departments suggests that there may be prohibitive barriers, inappropriate pedagogical practices, or insensitive policies that make the academic environment unattractive to underrepresented groups."
Efforts to ensure the inclusion of underrepresented minorities are important because they are often unlikely to have spontaneous connections with colleagues that develop into coaching or mentoring relationships.
"Integrity and honesty are the foundations upon which scientific inquiry and discovery are built. Trust allows us to believe what others have done and to use the results of others to drive our own research."
MITE2S Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy will be an academic-year, Saturday enrichment program targeting African American, Hispanic American, and Native American high school students in Massachusetts.lems.