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FSU researcher to speak about STEM education research with WTXL

Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner

The FSU College of Education’s Dr. Lara Perez-Felkner will discuss her STEM education research and findings with WTXL ABC 27’s Mariah Avery live on August 20th between 6:15 and 7 a.m.

Dr. Perez-Felkner is an assistant professor of higher education and sociology at Florida State University and senior research associate at the Center for Postsecondary Success. She recently received local, national and international media attention on a study that she co-authored alongside Kirby Thomas, doctoral student in sociology, and Samantha Nix, lead author and higher education doctoral student. The study, “Perceived mathematical ability under challenge: a longitudinal perspective on sex segregation among STEM degree fields,” examines why some students shun math-intensive fields.

In addition, Dr. Perez-Felkner has published two other papers this summer: “Perceptions and Resilience in Underrepresented Students’ Pathways to College” and “Does the gender gap in STEM majors vary by field and institutional selectivity?” The latter analysis was conducted with colleagues from Michigan State University and NORC at the University of Chicago.

“Individual educators, parents and mentors can help girls understand the real nature of working in STEM fields – as opposed to the stereotypes – and expose them to positive, specific information regarding these career paths as early as possible,” said Dr. Perez-Felkner. In her interview, she will address this along with what often stops girls from enrolling in STEM courses and why it is important for us to recognize this gap in our schools/educational system using specifics from her research papers.

View the interview.

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