ERIC Number: ED394461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-9
Reference Count: N/A
Gender Effects on Minority Students' Perceptions of Satisfaction with a Summer Research Program.
Riggins, Toija A.; Frierson, Henry T., Jr.
This study focuses on a 10-week program called the Summer Pre-Graduate Research Experience (SPGRE) Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The SPGRE has been in place for six years; it is designed to reinforce and promote graduate study through participation in directed and often on-going faculty research projects. Students are African American, Native American, or Hispanic/Latino and are drawn from colleges around the country. A majority of the students have been women. Participants complete a self-report questionnaire at the end of the program. This study examines self-report data from 180 students over a six-year period to determine whether gender is associated with students' perceptions of satisfaction with major aspects of the program. Of 180 students, 124 had male mentors, while 56 had female mentors. With the considerably lower number of women research mentors, it was expected that male student participants would be more satisfied with the program than their female peers. Study results show that overall, both male and female students rated almost every aspect of the program favorably. Students' gender was significantly associated with only two of the seven major areas examined: Males were more clearly positive that the program met their expectations and were significantly more inclined than females to perceive the program as being worth their time and effort. (Contains 18 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-13, 1996).