ESTEM “\i-ˈstēm\”
Equity in
Engineering &

ESTEM is a project, which has been designed to address gender equity in education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This project offers opportunities for SFSU undergraduate and graduate students to learn and to contribute to gender equality and social justice in STEM with a focus on applying basic theory-based research on stereotype threat to inform interventions.

ESTEM team:

Katlyn Milless is an undergraduate research assistant in the Complex Cognition Lab. Katlyn is an integral member of the ESTEM team. Her interests lie primarily in uncovering cognitive mechanisms underlying stereotype threat effects, in women in STEM, and exploring possible intervention strategies for mitigating gender disparities in STEM fields.

Liz Scharnetzki is a recent graduate of the Mind, Brain, & Behavior Master's Program, as well as the Complex Cognition Lab Manager and the ESTEM Project Coordinator. Liz is dedicated to understanding the role of social context (e.g., what environmental cues signal threat versus safety) in women in STEM’s intellectual performance and sense of belongingness.

Dr. Avi Ben-Zeev’s research focus on stereotype threat over the        

            past several years has been on understanding, in part, the        

            failure of large groups of students to perform to their

            potential, such as women in math and science. His stereotype

            threat studies have been designed to identify a set of

            contextual factors that might profoundly affect the

            performance of devalued group members, pointing to the

            power that social context has in creating, perpetuating, or

            eliminating stereotyped individuals’ underperformance.

Women in Science collage (from The San Diego Supercomputer Center)