Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Stacy O'Reilly


This project looks at the STEM educational experiences of Black professionals from both the Butler community and outside of it. It focuses on the perspectives of five individuals (three Butler graduates and two non-Butler graduates) interviewed via Zoom and analyzes how their experiences compare to those of other Black STEM professionals across the nation. After completing the interviews and conducting thorough background research, all data was examined. It was found that what was discussed during the interviews paralleled what was discovered in the research, such as the importance of mentors and broadening the image of what a scientist looks like. In conclusion, there is some work being done by various organizations to combat the systemic racism we see in the STEM field, but we must continue this work in order to dismantle it.