MERA conducts research and evaluation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education to advance knowledge and improve practice.
MERA works with institutions of higher education, school districts, foundations and nonprofit organizations on issues of STEM access and equity. A special focus of MERA is directed at capacity-building in STEM education and research for institutions and organizations serving underrepresented minority students as well as students in higher education considered nontraditional.
MERA bridges research and practice by harnessing the intersection of theoretical and professional knowledge in addressing quality improvement and project efficacy.
Our work has been described as spanning boundaries of multiple sectors to meet the needs of collaborative efforts in STEM education and research. Grounded in strong STEM content and culturally responsive expertise, we use rigorous and robust methodology, respond to local realities and context, adapt to project needs, and are results-driven.
Our most recent and current projects span a variety of issues in K-16 STEM education and research.
Highlights of our work include projects focused on: opportunities for talented youth in mathematics from underrepresented communities, curricular adaptations in middle school mathematics in urban schools, recruitment and retention of community college students in biotechnology programs and careers, recruitment and retention of minorities in preservice STEM programs, and educational interventions to increase success in undergraduate STEM gateway courses.
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