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ERIC Number: EJ1213315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2476-101X
The Impact of Undergraduate Research on Academic Success
Sell, Andrea J.; Naginey, Angela; Stanton, Cathy Alexander
Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, v1 n3 p19-29 Spr 2018
This article assesses the accuracy of the assumption that undergraduate research leads to better student outcomes. In particular, it examines whether research involvement by undergraduates predicts subsequent academic success, as measured by grade point average (GPA). Consistent with predictions, results from a series of multiple regression analyses demonstrate that research involvement is associated with higher undergraduate GPA. This effect holds true even when controlling for numerous factors likely to affect both college GPA and the decision to become involved in research (e.g., high school GPA, the number of years in college, and parental college attendance). Additional analyses examine whether the timing of participation in research during a student's college career influences their GPA. Implications for staff and faculty who oversee and promote undergraduate research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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