AIM for STEM Careers

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Advancing Interest and Motivation (AIM) for STEM Careers is a National Science Foundation grant-funded project designed to investigate the efficacy of an innovative theory-based career development program. The research project is a collaborative endeavor between Dr. Lawrence O. Flowers at Fayetteville State University and Dr. Lamont A. Flowers at Clemson University's Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education. The goal of the project is to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate students’ career interests, career motivation, and career self-efficacy. The project team will employ a quasi-experimental research design to investigate the impact of the project on career development outcomes.

In the context of a state-of-the-art STEM Career Development Laboratory, AIM for STEM Careers (AFSC) participants will receive STEM career counseling following the completion of career assessments. Participants will also interact with alumni in the STEM workforce. Additionally, participants will 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 18% of all Bachelor's degrees to African Americans in computer science in 2010

HBCUs awarded 29% of all Bachelor's degrees to African Americans in the biological sciences in 2010 (NCSES, 2013)