ERIC Number: EJ1139054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Monitoring Undergraduate Student Needs and Activities at Experimental Biology: APS Pilot Survey
Nichols, Nicole L.; Ilatovskaya, Daria V.; Matyas, Marsha L.
Advances in Physiology Education, v41 n2 p186-193 Jun 2017
Life science professional societies play important roles for undergraduates in their fields and increasingly offer membership, fellowships, and awards for undergraduate students. However, the overall impacts of society-student interactions have not been well studied. Here, we sought to develop and test a pilot survey of undergraduate students to determine how they got involved in research and in presenting at the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting, what they gained from the scientific and career development sessions at the meeting, and how the American Physiological Society (APS) can best support and engage undergraduate students. This survey was administered in 2014 and 2015 to undergraduate students who submitted physiology abstracts for and attended EB. More than 150 students responded (38% response rate). Respondents were demographically representative of undergraduate students majoring in life sciences in the United States. Most students (72%) became involved in research through a summer research program or college course. They attended a variety of EB sessions, including poster sessions and symposia, and found them useful. Undergraduate students interacted with established researchers at multiple venues. Students recommended that APS provide more research fellowships (25%) and keep in touch with students via both e-mail (46%) and social media (37%). Our results indicate that APS' EB undergraduate activities are valued by students and are effective in helping them have a positive scientific meeting experience. These results also guided the development of a more streamlined survey for use in future years.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Needs, Biology, Pilot Projects, Undergraduate Study, Science Instruction, Student Research, Physiology, Career Development, Science Activities, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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