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Feb. 9, 2021

University researchers from minority groups more likely to feel undervalued

A multi-institutional team of researchers, including Michigan State University social scientists, has been granted over $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to study "epistemic exclusion." This type of exclusion results from policies and practices within American institutions of higher education that make minority faculty members in STEM fields feel they are unsupported and their research is undervalued.

The research team will use this funding to establish measures that allow for experiences of epistemic exclusion to be quantified and evaluated, allowing for the development of effective interventions. While this exclusion can impact any scholar conducting research that is different from peers in their field, according to research leader and MSU psychologist NiCole Buchanan, it is particularly pervasive for women and faculty of color.

Read the full story on the College of Social Science website.

By: Rebecca Jensen and Caroline Kraft

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