ERIC Number: ED381381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Short-Term Impact Study of the National Science Foundation's Young Scholars Program.
Sharp, Laure; And Others
This report summarizes the findings of an exploratory study of the short-term impact of the National Science Foundation's Young Scholars Program (YSP). The program awards grants on a competitive basis to projects located at higher education or advanced research facilities that can provide students with an intellectually stimulating research experience. A series of informal conversations were conducted in 1994 with small numbers of 1991 participants, applicants who did not participate, and a few parents of the 1991 participants. The purpose of the conversations was to explore in depth some of the short-term impacts of the YSP experience and to probe further the impacts suggested by an examination of a database of funded projects and participants, with respect to commitment to careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Taken together, findings suggest that there is little evidence that participation in the YSP, in and of itself, is a strong determiner of future pursuit of science, engineering, and mathematics careers. Rather, the program may be better seen as a mosaic of experiences that encourage bright, motivated students to pursue advanced degrees and select challenging professional roles. The report presents an introduction to the background; methodology; data analysis; and the results of conversations with participants, nonparticipants, and parents. A technical appendix contains sampling and data collection design, procedure, and outcomes. (LZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.