ERIC Number: EJ1126228
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Cultivating Minority Scientists: Undergraduate Research Increases Self-Efficacy and Career Ambitions for Underrepresented Students in STEM
Carpi, Anthony; Ronan, Darcy M.; Falconer, Heather M.; Lents, Nathan H.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v54 n2 p169-194 Feb 2017
In this study, Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) is used to explore changes in the career intentions of students in an undergraduate research experience (URE) program at a large public minority-serving college. Our URE model addresses the challenges of establishing an undergraduate research program within an urban, commuter, underfunded, Minority-Serving Institution (MSI). However, our model reaches beyond a focus on retention and remediation toward scholarly contributions and shifted career aspirations. From a student's first days at the College to beyond their graduation, we have encouraged them to explore their own potential as scientists in a coordinated, sequential, and self-reflective process. As a result, while the program's graduates have traditionally pursued entry-level STEM jobs, graduates participating in mentored research are increasingly focused on professional and academic STEM career tracks involving post-graduate study. In addition to providing an increasingly expected experience and building students' skills, participation in undergraduate research is seen to have a transformative effect on career ambitions for many students at MSIs. While undergraduate research is often thought of in context of majority-serving institutions, we propose that it serves as a powerful equalizer at MSIs. Building on the institutional characteristics that drive diversity, our students produce scholarly work and pursue graduate degrees, in order to address the long-standing under-representation of minorities in the sciences.
Descriptors: Scientists, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Study, Self Efficacy, Occupational Aspiration, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, Science Careers, Case Studies, College Science, STEM Education, Career Choice, Mentors, Interviews, Focus Groups, Observation, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED); National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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