STEM Excellence and Leadership Final Evaluation Report

May 1st, 2023 | EVALUATION

The STEM Excellence and Leadership project (Assouline et al., 2017) was funded by the National Science Foundation from 2017 to 2023 (Award #1713123). The project was organized around a research-practice partnership (RPP) between The University of Iowa College of Education Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (B-BC) and 11 original partner districts.  This report provides an overview of the rationale and design of the STEM Excellence Project, the key findings and takeaways from the research, and future directions for raising the aspirations of rural students for success in STEM fields. The work of creating opportunities is impactful and pathways to excellence in STEM must continue for students from rural and underserved communities.



Team Members

Joni Lakin, Evaluator, University of Alabama
Tamra Stambaugh, Evaluator, Whitworth University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
Award Number: 1713123
Funding Amount: $1,979,221.00

Related URLs

Implementing the STEM Excellence and Leadership Program to Understand the Role of Local Agency in Broadening High-Potential, Rural Students' STEM Participation and Achievement


Access and Inclusion: Rural
Audience: Educators | Teachers | Evaluators | General Public | Learning Researchers
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Evaluation Reports | Summative
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | K-12 Programs