Patterson Joins CAMPOS Faculty Scholars Seek to Make Change for Those Underrepresented in STEM Fields
When Dr. Alexis Patterson joined the School of Education faculty
as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Science Education in Fall
2015, she was invited to join the UC Davis CAMPOS faculty
scholars. CAMPOS, or Center for Advancing Multicultural
Perspectives on Science, is an initiative of UC Davis ADVANCE,
which is funded through the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE
program. CAMPOS seeks to promote women’s participation in the
advancement of academic careers in science, social science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“Participating in CAMPOS means an opportunity for people who have
persevered in STEM fields to get acknowledgment of their work,”
said Patterson, “and it’s also an opportunity for national
visibility for women that are doing this rigorous work.” As a
CAMPOS participant, Patterson hopes to help mentor up and coming
women of color in the STEM field, and to help them navigate the
obstacles that are present in these fields for historically
Patterson’s research includes equity studies, social psychology
and science education, with her more recent projects focusing on
equity issues among students who work together on group projects
in science. She’s passionate about her work with diverse
learners. “That’s the heart and crux of my research—better
understanding of the experiences of diverse learners and
increasing the pathways for them to science fields,” she said.
Patterson aims to develop curricula that will support group
interactions in science, where she believes everyone involved has
a role in making a space that is welcome and equitable.
In addition to teaching elementary science methods and a science
education literacy and policy course, Patterson will be
continuing research in how to increase the participation of
underrepresented minority population in science, specifically at
the elementary science level. We look forward to seeing the
impact of Dr. Patterson’s efforts in increasing the involvement
of diverse scholars in STEM related fields.
Alexis Patterson, Ph.D., joined the School of Education in July
2015 as an Assistant Professor in science education. She is
currently a CAMPOS Faculty
Scholar and is excited to work with her cohort to develop a
research center that focuses on increasing the participation of
women of color in STEM related fields.