David Marx, Associate Professor of Psychology; Elected Member, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University
One promising approach to increasing women’s representation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is to expose female students to math-talented female peer role models (PRMs). Exposure to female PRMs may serve as a buffer against the negative stereotypes about women in STEM. Past laboratory studies have shown that this buffer translates to enhanced math performance and self-perceptions of female students. Building on his experimental work, David Marx provides an overview of a PRM intervention program that was recently developed in collaboration with Sei Jin Ko and implemented in college foundational math classes. He then presents the key findings from this intervention followed by a discussion of the factors that may make female PRMs optimally effective.