Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Mary Kimball


Female and minority students are less likely to be found in advanced mathematical and computer courses than Caucasian and or male students. Although each individual has a unique educational experience, some phenomenon occurs which causes few female and minority students to become interested in math and computers and then continue their pursuit of knowledge in those subjects. By increasing exposure to mathematics and computers, and encouraging learning through low-risk community environments, more students will learn that mathematics and computers are fun, interesting and available to them. Through both these strategies, educators can facilitate the learning of intrinsically motivated learners who will continue the learning process throughout their lives.