First-hand accounts of diversity

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Science  09 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6257, pp. 174-175
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6257.174-e

Despite efforts to increase the number of minorities in science, underrepresentation persists. To investigate why, Gibau documented the experiences of minority graduate students participating in intervention programs. Data collected during individual interviews were analyzed to assess program effectiveness. These data exposed several challenges experienced by students, including withstanding the transition from historically black colleges and universities to predominantly white institutions, and the desire for authentic role models. Successes also were uncovered, specifically regarding the peer interaction associated with some programs. Although these data are not generalizable, it is necessary to have a student evaluation of programs designed to benefit them. With further collection of similar data, program administrators can begin to measure progress toward increasing diversity in science.

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