Produced by NCGS, PEP Talks: Podcast on Educational Possibilities brings together experts in the education and healthy development of girls and young women to share and discuss best practices in educating and empowering girls.
In this episode, NCGS Director of Research Initiatives & Programs Natalie Demers speaks with Dr. Nilanjana “Buju” Dasgupta about her research on the value of mentors, in particular for young women in STEM fields as the world seeks to plug the leaky STEM pipeline from its shortage of women.
A researcher and Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Dr. Dasgupta has dedicated her over twenty-year career to studying how stereotypes constrain disadvantaged groups, such as women, in academic and professional domains. Much of her research investigates the question, “Does changing the setting in which individuals are immersed make them resilient to stereotypes?” For example, women learning in all-female educational environments versus coed settings.
Currently, she is working on a five-year National Science Foundation-funded study, looking at the influence of peers on 8th grade students’ academic interest and aspirations in STEM.