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Abstract Title: Queerness in STEM Education: Perspectives from Early Career Scholars
Abstract Type: Talk Symposium
Abstract: This session features three early career scholars whose work centers queerness and queer theory in the context of STEM higher education.
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster III
Room: Pantlind Ballroom

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brianne Gutmann
San José State University
Alexandria, VA 22314
and Co-Presenter(s)
Antonio Duran (he/him), Florida International University
Madison Fitzgerald-Russell (she/they), Western Michigan University
Desirée Forsythe (she/her), Chapman University

Parallel Session Information

Moderator: Brianne Gutmann (she/her), San José State University

Symposium Specific Information

Presentation 1 Title: Examining the State of Scholarship on LGBTQ+ Students in Higher Education and Implications for Physics Educators
Presentation 1 Authors: Antonio Duran
Presentation 1 Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Antonio Duran will present findings from scoping reviews on the state of scholarship on LGBTQ+ students in higher education. In particular, he will discuss what trends are present concerning LGBTQ+ student experiences both in and out of the classroom. He will additionally highlight future directions for research and practice that emerges from the existing literature on LGBTQ+ students. He will conclude with implications for physics educators informed by this scholarship.
Presentation 2 Title: Queering Qualitative STEM Education Research: One Researcher's Experience
Presentation 2 Authors: Madison Fitzgerald-Russell
Presentation 2 Abstract: Queer theory is a critical theory that can be used in a multitude of ways in research, and as the call for usage of queer theory in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education research increases, it can be tricky to navigate how to integrate it into a study. In this Early Career Parallel Session, the presenter will provide some introductory information about queer theory and queer research methods as well as explore how they have utilized it in two separate qualitative studies as both a theoretical framework and a lens for data analysis. This session will also include some time for discussion about using queer theory in STEM education research with audience members.
Presentation 3 Title: Disrupting gender and sexuality cultures in STEM: Building new futures and possibilities
Presentation 3 Authors: Desirée Forsythe
Presentation 3 Abstract: Decades of scholarship indicate that postsecondary STEM learning environments are exclusive to students with minoritized identities--including students of color and women. However, very little attention has been paid to how students with MIoSG (minoritized identities of sexuality and gender) experience and navigate STEM learning environments. This presentation will explore gender and sexuality cultures in STEM by drawing upon a recent study on college students in STEM fields who hold MIoSG. Attendees will have a chance to discuss their perceptions of the cultures within STEM fields, contribute to a dialogue based on findings from MIoSG student interviews, and leave with tangible, everyday actions for making STEM fields more queer/trans* inclusive.