Annie M. Wofford

Annie M. Wofford
Florida State University | FSU · Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

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Computing career opportunities are increasing across all sectors of the U.S. economy, yet there remains a serious shortage of college graduates to fill these jobs. This problem has fueled a nationwide effort to expand and diversify the computing career pipeline. Guided by social cognitive career theory (SCCT), this study used logistic regression to...
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Guided by theories of socialization and possible selves, this study examines how STEM doctoral students perceive their academic and professional trajectories. More specifically, we rely on four years of interview data from 66 doctoral students in the biological sciences to explore students’ perceived trajectories, focusing on the salient identities...
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Scholars have persistently recognized inequities in undergraduate college admissions and student engagement, especially with regard to specialized practices such as early admissions (i.e., early action and early decision, or EA/ED) and high-impact practices (HIPs). However, researchers have not yet considered whether the known social privileges of...
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Scholars have employed a variety of theoretical perspectives to explore the identity development of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. While extant theoretical and conceptual frameworks (e.g., science identity, sociocultural perspectives, and critical theories) separately account for individual, institu...
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One of the central goals of doctoral programs is to develop independent researchers and scholars who will lead the next generation of knowledge production. Despite extant evidence of inequalities in doctoral education, few studies have closely examined the experiences of first-generation college students who pursue a Ph.D. We examine how first-gene...
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In light of the need to both grow and diversify graduate enrollments in computing fields, this quantitative study examined variables associated with students’ initial aspirations for computing graduate school as well as how aspirations were sustained or developed over time. Using a longitudinal sample of undergraduate students who enrolled in intro...
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Background Students who transfer from community colleges in pursuit of four-year degrees (i.e., upward transfer students) represent a diverse and talented group that is critical to advancing gender equity in STEM. However, research has not yet explored factors that promote Ph.D. aspirations among upward transfer computing students, resulting in mis...
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Given the significant need to increase and diversify graduate enrollments within computing fields, it is vital to understand what shapes students’ pathways to computing graduate school. This study examines the predictors of undergraduate students’ self-confidence in being admitted to computing graduate school among students who enrolled in an intro...
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Purpose This study aims to examine how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics doctoral students interact with postdocs within the research laboratory, identifying the nature and potential impacts of student–postdoc mentoring relationships. Design/methodology/approach Using a sample of 53 doctoral students in the biological sciences, thi...
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In the laboratory-based disciplines, selection of a principal investigator (PI) and research laboratory (lab) indelibly shapes doctoral students' experiences and educational outcomes. Framed by the theoretical concept of person-environment fit from within a socialization model, we use an inductive, qualitative approach to explore how a sample of 42...
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This paper uses social cognitive career theory to examine how computing students develop their confidence for admission to graduate school. Findings suggest that women have lower self-confidence in pursuing computing graduate school and reveal the specific classroom and other college experiences that may account for these inequities.
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Building on recent literature addressing graduate socialization and the role of scientific research groups, we explore the gendered nature of laboratory rotations for 54 women pursuing STEM doctorates. Relying on longitudinal interview data and using a feminist phenomenological approach, findings highlight how women’s expectations (mis)aligned with...
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Published in NAGAP Perspectives, a newsmagazine for graduate enrollment management professionals. This article quantitatively explores the predictors of undergraduate students' self-confidence for being admitted to a graduate program in a computing field. Using structural equation modeling and guided by social cognitive career theory, findings sugg...
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The purpose of this study is to explore the experience of selecting and engaging in biological sciences laboratory rotations from the perspective of doctoral students. Within the socialization framework, this study uses a qualitative approach whereby 42 biological sciences students enrolled at highly selective US universities were interviewed in th...
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High attrition rates have been a defining characteristic of doctoral education for decades, representing a loss of time, talent, and effort for departing students and their faculty. This qualitative study uses a biomedical science doctoral student sample to collect “real time” data on attrition within the first 2 years of doctoral training. Eightee...
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Doctoral attrition consistently hovers around 50% with relevant literature identifying several mediating factors, including departmental culture, student demographics, and funding. To advance this literature, we interviewed 38 graduate faculty advisors in science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines at a research-extensive university to capture...

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