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AFRICAN-AMERICAN SCHOLARS IN SCIENCES DISCUSSED AT HAMILTON

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Posted November 11, 1996
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Educational psychologist Kenneth Maton will

be at Hamilton College to discuss "Enhancing the Success of African-American Students in the Sciences: Freshman Year Outcomes." His talk will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in Dwight Lounge of the Bristol Campus Center. The talk is free and open to the general public.

Maton is an associate professor in psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. His talk will be based on research compiled on Meyerhoff Foundation Scholarship students at the University.

Meyerhoff scholarships are available to high-achieving high school seniors who have an interest in pursuing doctoral study in the sciences or engineering, and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in the sciences and related fields. The scholarships provide tuition, fees, room and board; semester stipends; summer internships; and summer school tuition and fees.

The Meyerhoff Program is an intensive, multicomponent program focused on enhancing the success of talented African-American students in science and engineering in a predominantly white, medium-sized university setting. The program components address four primary factors emphasized in research as limiting minority student performance in science: knowledge and skills; motivation and support; monitoring and advising; and academic and social integration.

Data from Maton's study indicates that the Meyerhoff program components appear to be important contributors to enhancing student success. He will discuss implications of the findings and make recommendations for advancing participation of African-American and other underrepresented student groups in the sciences.

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