It’s hard to be one of only a few students of your race in a science field, butthe possibility of helping your own community can spur students to become trailblazers.
Researchers at California State University, Long Beach, and San Diego State University tracked 249 incoming freshmen science majors in California. They found that among first-generation college students, those who came in with a strong belief that science could be used to help their communities were more likely to see themselves as scientists over time.
The study was part of a special issue on encouraging more diversity in STEM fields in the journal CBE-Life Sciences Education, published by the American Society for Cell Biology.
A version of this article appeared in the August 31, 2016 edition of Education Week as STEM Careers