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This assignment was designed for students in the first year seminar and aligns with the Inquiry and Problem Solving core competency, with a focus on “framing the issues” (identifies and/or addresses questions problems and/or hypothesis informed by knowledge of context) and “evidence gathering” (assembles, reviews and synthesizes evidence from diverse sources of relevant knowledge). Both assignments rely on writing and one may include an oral component. In writing, the focus is on “Content Development and Organization,” as well as “Control of Language, Syntax, and Mechanics.”

LaGuardia’s Core Competencies and Communication Abilities

Main Course Learning Objectives:

  • The LMF course for Liberal Arts Math and Science introduces students to the habits of mind of the major, and to relevant on-campus resources. Students are also supposed to plan their academic journey with faculty advisors.
  • Read and contrast the historical perspectives vs the current perspectives about women in STEM. (Women in the early 20th century vs contemporary issues).
  • Data: will be provided (from NSF and other government agencies) about women in STEM workforce and bachelor’s and higher-level degree holders. Students must analyze and interpret (critical thinking).
  • Generate appropriate questions.
  • Reflection: be able to develop and defend arguments based on data and readings.
  • Research Summary: Understand and evaluate factors that contributed to the success of Nobel Prize Winners in the early 20th century.


This resource is part of the Learning Matters Assignment Library.

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