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According to a study by the National Academy of Science and National Academy of Engineering, the overall percentage of 24-year-olds in the United States with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees is 6 percent, with African-Americans making up just 2.7 percent and Latinos 2.2 percent. Spelman College serves as a pipeline to increase the number of underrepresented minorities receiving degrees and garnering real-world experience in STEM fields.

As associate provost for research at Spelman, Carmen Sidbury, Ph.D., has a pivotal leadership role in the College's STEM education outreach initiatives including overseeing the STEM Education Outreach Program, which assists Spelman students with creating and facilitating special projects geared toward exposing K-12 students to STEM. Dr. Sidbury also provides leadership in the cultivation of faculty research capabilities, the coordination of activities associated with undergraduate student research, and research training programs. In 1995, she became the first African-American female to earn a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Sidbury can provide perspective on the recruitment and education of African-American women majoring in STEM.

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