AIM for STEM Careers

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Advancing Interest and Motivation (AIM) for STEM Careers, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a theory-based career development program that is designed to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate students’ career interests, motivation, and self-efficacy. AIM for STEM Careers was developed by Dr. Lawrence O. Flowers at Livingstone College and Dr. Lamont A. Flowers at Clemson University's Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education. To examine the impact of AIM for STEM Careers, the project team employs a quasi-experimental research design to investigate the effectiveness of the innovative program on students’ career development outcomes.

During the program, AIM for STEM Careers participants receive STEM career counseling following the completion of career assessments. Participants also interact with professionals in the STEM workforce. Additionally, via interactive workshops conducted by career services professionals, participants learn how to search for STEM jobs, write a cover letter and resume, interview for a STEM job, and negotiate a STEM job offer.

STEM Statistics

HBCUs awarded 37% of all Bachelor's degrees to African Americans in the physical sciences in 2010 (NCSES, 2013)

HBCUs awarded 33% of all Bachelor's degrees to African Americans in the mathematical sciences in 2010 (NCSES, 2013)