Field courses narrow demographic achievement gaps in ecology and evolutionary biology

Roxanne Beltran, Erin Marnocha, Alexandra Race, Don Croll, Gage Dayton & Erika Zavaleta
Disparities remain in the representation of marginalized students in STEM. Classroom-based experiential learning opportunities can increase student confidence and academic success; however, the effectiveness of extending learning to outdoor settings is unknown. Our objectives were to examine 1) demographic gaps in ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB) major completion, college graduation, and GPAs for students who did and did not enroll in field courses, 2) whether under-represented demographic groups were less likely to enroll in field...
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