2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Catherine Bates, Luke Jones, and Vicki Stieha


Boise State University (BSU) , a historically white institution, is projected to become a hispanic serving institution (HSI) in the near future. In order to better serve this community it is crucial to shift the focus from recruitment of these individuals to retention. This study, aimed to understand the experiences of Latine students from different socio-economic backgrounds in upper division STEM courses. The participants were recruited with the help of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program on campus. The data was obtained through peer interviews and was analyzed using collaborative empathy mapping on MURAL. The data suggested these students experiencing strain in their close relationships due to upward mobility and large pressure to perform well academically. These students also endorsed having a large role in their family units. It was found that students use programs like CAMP, LSAMP, and greek organization to navigate the change from a collective culture that is Latine culture to the individualistic culture of academia.



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