Andrew W. Campbell, an associate professor of biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, is the senior author of a study that examines the reasons for the small number of Black and other minority students who graduate with degrees in STEM fields. The main thesis of the study is that efforts to get more minority students in STEM fields have been successful but far less is being done to help them succeed.
“The pipeline we’ve laid? We’re stuffing it but the yield is less than we expect,” notes Dr. Campbell. His data shows that about one third of both White and Black and other minority students intend to major in a STEM discipline when they enter college. But only 18.5 percent of minority students graduate with a major in a STEM field. Also, only 30 percent of minority students with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field get a STEM-related job or enter a STEM graduate program.
Dr. Campbell and his co-author postdoctoral fellow Stacy-Ann Allen Ramdial, recommend four strategies to increase Black and other minority students in STEM fields: alignment of culture and climate, partnerships between research universities and HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions, critical masses of minority students, and faculty engagement in diversity.
Dr. Campbell is a graduate of York College of the City University of New York. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The study, “Reimagining the Pipeline: Advancing STEM Diversity, Persistence, and Success,” was published in the July issue of the journal BioScience. It may be accessed here.