HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Section: 005 Gendered Performance Differences in STEM: Causes, Effects, and Future Recommendations
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
Credits:
1
Other:
Honors, Minicourse
Waitlist Capacity:
25
Class Misc Info:
Meets 09/26/17 - 11/28/17. (Drop/Add deadline=10/09/17.).
Advisory Prerequisites:
First-year standing in the Honors Program.
Grading:
Mandatory credit/no credit.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

For many introductory science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, like introductory chemistry or physics, women perform worse than men despite having the same cumulative GPA, major, ACT Math scores, and other relevant factors. What happens during those four months that leads to this gendered performance difference (GPD)? This course will explore the causes and effects of GPDs in introductory STEM courses, and various experiments to reduce the gap.

We will start with stereotype threat, a social-psychological phenomenon where a person experiences a fear of confirming a negative stereotype in an evaluative environment. From there we will discuss various interventions that have been implemented and explore their successes and failures. We will use the statistical programming language R to compare the GPDs of two different classes, and then wrap up the course with discussions on the effects of these GPDs on the STEM field in general and next steps for conducting new research.

Throughout the course students will learn fundamental research skills like posing research questions, examining results, and completing basic statistical analyses in R. They will also be introduced to ongoing research and be given the opportunity to participate in various ways.

HONORS 135 - Ideas in Honors
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
16541
Open
6
6LSA Hnrs Y1
-
F 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: These sections do not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/29 through 12/1 with no class on 11/24.
002 (SEM)
P
18059
Open
1
3LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: These sections do not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/28 through 11/30 with no class on 11/23.
003 (SEM)
P
16542
Open
1
6LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: These sections do not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/28 through 11/30 with no class on 11/23.
004 (SEM)
P
16543
Open
3
4LSA Hnrs Y1
-
W 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: These sections do not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/27 through 11/29.
005 (SEM)
P
17054
Closed
0
1LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Tu 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: These sections do not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/26 through 11/28 with no class on 10/17 due to fall break.
006 (SEM)
P
23727
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: These sections do not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/25 through 11/27 with no class on 10/16 due to fall break.
007 (SEM)
P
17610
Open
4
4LSA Hnrs Y1
-
M 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: These sections do not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/25 through 11/27 with no class on 10/16 due to fall break.
008 (SEM)
P
18060
Open
1
2LSA Hnrs Y1
-
Th 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: These sections do not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/28 through 11/30 with no class on 11/23.
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