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Spring 2016


Latham 3001


Lori Adams


Studies have shown that fear of failure is one of the main factors that keeps students from pursuing a STEM field after they graduate from high school. My goal for this project was to impact high school students by humanizing the research process and normalizing failure.

I interviewed science professionals here at the University of Iowa and shared their stories in the form of a narrative series. I then reached out to high school students by hosting an online science writing contest where students constructed essays about the barriers to success that a particular scientist has faced (either by researching a historical scientist, or by engaging with a STEM professional  within their community).


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