CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education, in partnership with Fayetteville State University, has been awarded a $349,697 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of a STEM career-development program.

“The research project is designed to study the impact of a career-development program on STEM students’ career orientations and employment outcomes,” said Lamont A. Flowers, executive director of the Charles H. Houston Center.

Flowers will use a quasi-experimental research design to investigate the impact of the STEM career-development program on student outcomes. The research is titled Advancing Interest and Motivation for STEM Careers.

Study participants will complete career assessments, receive career counseling, interact with alumni in the workforce and participate in an array of STEM career-development activities at Fayetteville State University.

The findings from this study will shed light on the factors impacting the entry of underrepresented students in the science and engineering workforce. According to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, historically black colleges and universities awarded 19 percent of all bachelor’s degrees to African-Americans in science and engineering in 2010.

The Charles H. Houston Center, part of Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education, strives to produce research that makes a difference and support positive educational experiences and outcomes for African-Americans.

– Samantha Warren