Matthew Diemer, Ph.D. will work with PI Melissa DeJonckheere, Ph.D. from the Department of Family Medicine on a new project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The program has three specific aims:
- Promote interest in science and health science careers in underrepresented minority (URM) high school students through a mentored summer research experience in adolescent health research. Expected outcomes are increased interest in science and interest in health science careers.
- Develop research identities (viewing current and future self in research) by engaging students as co-researchers in academic-year long research-to-action projects targeting academic, policy, community, and youth audiences. Expected outcomes are increased researcher identity interest in scientific research, science self-efficacy, and interest in pursuing a health sciences career.
- Engage URM high school students as peer leaders in summer and academic-year programs. Expected outcomes are increased agency, depth of social networks, social support, and leadership self-efficacy.
Diemer will contribute his substantive expertise regarding STEM education in historically marginalized communities, STEM motivation and educational/occupational decision making, and positive youth development among marginalized populations to the project.