A Research Preparatory Program for First-Year College Students: Student Selection and Preparation Lead to Persistence in Research

Rachael R. Baiduc*, Denise L Drane, Gregory J Beitel, Luke C. Flores

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-284
Number of pages16
JournalInnovative Higher Education
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

Keywords

  • Female persistence
  • First-year experience
  • STEM
  • Undergraduate research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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