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Grinnell Science Project

Breaking Down Barriers

The Grinnell Science Project (GSP) is committed to developing the talents of all students interested in science and mathematics, especially those from groups underrepresented in the sciences — students of color, first-generation college students, and women in physics, mathematics, and computer science.

The program developed over several years, drawing on national studies and efforts, and aimed at addressing barriers to success in the sciences. It has involved curricular and mentoring changes, activities and structures that foster acclimation to college life and a community of scientists, and improvement of student achievement.

A comprehensive description of the Grinnell Science Project and its outcomes is provided in the following paper. Swartz, J., Gregg-Jolly, L.A. (2018) “A Comprehensive Model for Undergraduate Science Education Reform to Better Serve the Underserved” In Kishbaugh, T. L. S., Cessna, S. G. (Eds.) Increasing Retention of Under-Represented Students in STEM through Affective and Cognitive Interventions. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society.

The Grinnell Science Project is featured on the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) website.

30 Years of GSP

Over 1100 students have participated in the pre-orientation program from 1993 to 2022, our 30th year. Thousands of others have benefited from the curricular and mentoring changes implemented through the years.

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    Grinnell Science Project: "Your Family Is Here"

    Hear from Maisha Kamunde-Devonish, GSP guest director and assistant professor of chemistry, about how Grinnell Science Project helps students to acclimate to college life, gain confidence, and establish community and networks of support within the sciences.

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