Research Areas:

  • Persistence of women in undergraduate STEM programs in Ethiopia

  • Institutional support for women of color faculty in engineering

  • Student success strategies of Black immigrant women

  • Intersections of gender and race in STEM higher education


Doctoral Dissertation Research

Meseret's dissertation project was titled: Understanding Why Women Stay: Examining Persistence Factors of Women Majoring in Science and Technology Programs in Public Ethiopian Universities Using a Mixed Methods Design. Despite increased student enrollment, a rise in the number of institutions, and an increased focus on science and technology in education policy, women remain starkly underrepresented in these fields. This dissertation explored the experiences of women in undergraduate science and technology programs by asking three questions:

  1. How does postcolonial feminist theory help us frame the experience of women in Ethiopian society, broadly? In higher education, specifically?
  2. How does research about underrepresented minorities in science and technology capture (or fail to capture) the experiences of women?
  3. What are some potential best practices for supporting women’s success in science and technology education? 

A conceptual framework termed Circles of Progression, a persistence model designed for students at African universities, was utilized.

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