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ERIC Number: EJ988070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5284
Impact of a Sophomore Seminar on the Desire of STEM Majors to Pursue a Science Career
Sweeder, Ryan D.; Strong, Philip E.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v13 n3 p52-61 May-Jun 2012
This study focuses on the impact of a sophomore seminar on STEM majors desire to pursue a science career. This seminar was a component in a broader scholarship program and focused on helping students gain a broader understanding of the process of science, expose students to a range of career options and provide opportunities for outside of class student-faculty/scientist interactions. Interviews and reflection papers by the fifteen students who completed the seminar suggest that the most common benefits from the course involved development/refinement of a career decisions, fomenting of self confidence and empowerment, and awareness of available resources to assist in the pursuit of a STEM career. The students very clearly indicted the importance and impact of a wide range of informal interactions between themselves and faculty or other scientist, helping the students put a personal face on those who have previously pursued a science career. Additionally, the exposure to these scientists and their stories along with a more complete discussion about the process of science (including funding, dissemination and ethics) spurred five of fifteen students to reconsider the possibility of research as a career option. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan