I am a doctoral candidate in social psychology at Miami University. I work with Dr. Amanda Diekman, and I anticipate finishing my Ph.D. in May 2019.
The U.S. currently faces the challenge of encouraging more people to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) social roles, and broadening participation of underrepresented groups is one important solution. With an eye to how exploring interest in STEM roles can further both social psychological theory and social progress, I explore how and why people, and particularly people who belong to groups underrepresented in STEM, gain and maintain interest in STEM roles. My research program combines a focus on understanding recruitment and retention in social roles with a more general interest in goals and motivation.
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