Sisters in Science in the Community: An Informal Gender Equity Program

January 1st, 2008 | EVALUATION

The goal of the SISCOM program is to improve science achievement of economically disadvantaged middle school students in science, through the development, implementation, and dissemination of a replicable, model program for use with underserved youth, especially girls, in informal educational settings. A number of programs and interventions geared toward bolstering the STEM interest and achievement of urban youth have been implemented across the country. Key elements that have proven to be successful have been incorporated into the SISCOM program include the longevity of intervention, fostering community relationships, inquiry-based lessons that relate directly to students' lives, and student access to caring adults and non-stereotypical role models and relevance to real-world experiences are essential to the format, organization, and content of an effective program (Nieto, 2003).



Team Members

Penny L. Hammrich, Ph.D., Evaluator, Sisters in Science, LLC
Kathy Fadigan, Ed.D., Evaluator, Sisters in Science, LLC
Judy Stull, Ph.D., Evaluator, Sisters in Science, LLC


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0454795
Funding Amount: 1287225

Related URLs

Sisters in Science in the Community


Access and Inclusion: Low Socioeconomic Status | Urban | Women and Girls
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Mathematics | Technology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Community Outreach Programs | Public Programs | Summer and Extended Camps