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ERIC Number: EJ1050937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Planning and Implementing a Comprehensive Student-Centered Research Program for First-Year STEM Undergraduates
Schneider, Kimberly R.; Bickel, Amelia; Morrison-Shetlar, Alison
Journal of College Science Teaching, v44 n3 p37-43 Jan 2015
Retaining college-level science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students remains a priority in higher education. A variety of methods have been shown to increase retention, including mentorship, tutoring, course enhancements, community building, and engagement in high-impact practices such as undergraduate research. In 2011, an Office of Undergraduate Research at a large research university developed a program that incorporates multiple forms of student-centered programming with a focus on research. Learning Environment and Academic Research Network (LEARN) is a living-learning community wherein first-year students live in the same residence hall, take specific classes together, work with mentors, and engage in a 12-week mentored research apprenticeship. LEARN aims to recruit first-generation and underrepresented students. Such a program requires input and participation from numerous stakeholders. This article provides reviews of the development, implementation, and lessons learned from starting the program. To date the program has many early signs of success, including exceeding recruitment goals, higher GPA and retention rates, gains in student learning, and high levels of engagement in academic and leadership experiences.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0941980