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ERIC Number: EJ872869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
Importance of Undergraduate Research for Minority Persistence and Achievement in Biology
Jones, Melanie T.; Barlow, Amy E. L.; Villarejo, Merna
Journal of Higher Education, v81 n1 p82-115 Jan-Feb 2010
This study examines the statistical association between timing and duration of undergraduate research participation and college retention and performance in the biological sciences at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Using longitudinal data from this large research university, the authors make a substantial contribution to the literature on college retention and persistence in science education. They also explore the relationship of undergraduate research participation with high academic achievement in biology, which is necessary to pursue graduate education and become future scientists, science workers, and health care professionals. They detail existing research on this subject and their specific contributions to this body of literature. They conclude by suggesting that greater availability of undergraduate research experiences might counter some of the high attrition rates from science majors and contribute to attracting a diverse workforce to science careers. In particular, they find that introducing students to undergraduate research early on and for an extended period of time are beneficial for the retention and performance of all students, but that underrepresented minorities may have the most to gain from such strategies. (Contains 7 tables and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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