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Values Lab: Kimberly Awa, Racial Bias in Peer Evaluations and Assessments

Kimberly Awa, "A Mixed-Method Study Examining the Role of Racial Bias in Peer Evaluations and Assessments." 

Abstract: At the university level, the relationships between peers and instructors are promoted to be inclusive and “color blind” but this does not alleviate the presence of racial bias and the potential effects it has. If students and instructors are unknowingly creating in-groups based around race, this could then dictate professional normative practices within each domain. The current study aims to examine how racial bias influences peer evaluations and assessments. In a 3 (race of student: White, Black, East Asian) x 3 (race of participants: White, Black, East Asian) two-way ANOVA design, the study aims to observe how the two variables interact on both qualitative (open-ended feedback) and quantitative (identity ratings) measures. I predict that in-group associations — that is, matched student race to participant race — will yield more positive feedback and higher ratings whereas out-group associations — that is, mismatched student race to participant race — will yield more negative feedback and lower ratings. By examining the effects of racial bias with peer evaluations, we can better understand the challenges one may face outside of their locus of control.

The Values in Science Research Laboratory is a weekly meeting of faculty and student affiliates of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology and our guests to present and discuss research in progress and readings on shared areas of interest. 

Please contact Matthew J Brown for information on how to join the lab.

Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:15am


Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 2 business days prior to the event.

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Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students


Science & Technology


Center for Values, Values Lab




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