ERIC Number: EJ825257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
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Diversifying Science: Underrepresented Student Experiences in Structured Research Programs
Hurtado, Sylvia; Cabrera, Nolan L.; Lin, Monica H.; Arellano, Lucy; Espinosa, Lorelle L.
Research in Higher Education, v50 n2 p189-214 Mar 2009
Targeting four institutions with structured science research programs for undergraduates, this study focuses on how underrepresented students experience science. Several key themes emerged from focus group discussions: learning to become research scientists, experiences with the culture of science, and views on racial and social stigma. Participants spoke of essential factors for becoming a scientist, but their experiences also raised complex issues about the role of race and social stigma in scientific training. Students experienced the collaborative and empowering culture of science, exhibited strong science identities and high self-efficacy, while developing directed career goals as a result of "doing science" in these programs.
Descriptors: Race, Self Efficacy, Focus Groups, Scientists, Science Education, Disproportionate Representation, Undergraduate Students, College Science, Student Experience, Scientific Research, Student Research, Student Attitudes, Social Bias, Student Diversity, College Environment, Minority Groups
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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