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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v15.i1.20
pages 15-37

ENHANCING THE NUMBER OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO PURSUE STEM PHDS: MEYERHOFF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM OUTCOMES, PROCESSES, AND INDIVIDUAL PREDICTORS

Kenneth I. Maton
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Mariano R. Sto Domingo
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Kathleen E. Stolle-McAllister
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
J. Lynn Zimmerman
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

ABSTRACT

The current study examines the outcomes, processes, and individual predictors of the pursuit of a STEM PhD among African-American students in the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program. Meyerhoff students were nearly five times more likely than comparison students to pursue a STEM PhD Program components consistently rated as important were financial scholarship, being part of the Meyerhoff Program community, the summer bridge program, study groups, staff academic advising, and summer research opportunities. Furthermore, focus group findings revealed student internalization of key Meyerhoff Program values, including a commitment to excellence, accountability, group success, and giving back. In terms of individual predictors, multinomial logit regression analyses revealed that Meyerhoff students with higher levels of research excitement at college entry were more likely to pursue a STEM PhD