What is Equity and Ethics in STEM (EE-STEM)?
Many current social problems are so complicated that they require large, interdisciplinary teams of scientists. In addition, the scientific community is striving to become more demographically diverse and to promote the advancement of groups that have been underrepresented in the sciences. However, because science teams are almost always made up of individuals with a range of power, status, personal experiences, and disciplinary expertise, it can be challenging to create and maintain high-functioning and inclusive teams that produce creative and impactful science. Our goal in this research collaborative is to study how scientific teams can work together more effectively in ways that promote successful interdisciplinary collaborations and positive experiences for all team members. To do so, we bring our own interdisciplinary range of expertise to our projects, including psychology, research ethics, history of science, and environmental science. Our work, which is funded by the National Science Foundation through several programs, incorporates both qualitative and quantitative studies of scientists and their research teams.