ERIC Number: EJ1139964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
A Research Preparatory Program for First-Year College Students: Student Selection and Preparation Lead to Persistence in Research
Baiduc, Rachael R.; Drane, Denise; Beitel, Greg J.; Flores, Luke C.
Innovative Higher Education, v42 n3 p269-284 Jun 2017
Undergraduate research experiences may increase persistence in STEM majors. We describe a research program that targets first-year students selected for their curiosity and attitudes towards science. We explain the implementation of the program over 3 years and present evaluation data using a group of matched controls. Participants and controls pursued STEM degrees at equivalent rates, but participants were significantly more involved in research. Initial laboratory interest and mentor pairing may have played a role in this finding. Female participants, particularly those with male laboratory mentors, engaged in more research than men.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Student Research, Personality Traits, Student Attitudes, Scientific Attitudes, STEM Education, College Programs, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Mentors, Gender Differences, Academic Persistence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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