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Tech professor to study gender stereotypes

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NSF grant will be used to look at men, women in science

Eric Deemer, assistant professor of psychology in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education, has been awarded a $312,000 National Science Foundation grant to investigate the relationship between stereotype threat and achievement motivation among women in the science disciplines.

“Women are often subjected by others to the stereotypical belief that they are incapable of being scientists,” said Deemer. “This may be because, for instance, they are assumed to lack the mathematical ability needed to perform scientific tasks.

“It is thus possible that the absence or presence of stereotype threat cues in the laboratory classroom can determine the types of achievement goals women adopt, in turn leading to changes in scientific motivation.”

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