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Creating Effective Undergraduate Research Programs in Science: The Transformation from Student to Scientist

Creating Effective Undergraduate Research Programs in Science: The Transformation from Student to Scientist

by Roman Myron Taraban


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This is the first comprehensive, data-based study of the benefits to students who actively participate in authentic science research programs. The book features contributors from a variety of institutions who bring together studies of undergraduate research programs. They focus on identifying the successful elements of each program, and then draw valuable conclusions on the effects those programs have on the students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807748770
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 07/24/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part I A Context for Curriculum Change

1 What Is Undergraduate Research, and Why Should We Support It? Roman Taraban 3

2 Undergraduate Research as an Institutional Retention Strategy: The University of Michigan Model Angela M. Locks Sandra R. Gregerman 11

3 Implementation and Assessment of Course-Embedded Undergraduate Research Experiences: Some Explorations Carol Trosset David Lopatto Sarah Elgin 33

Part II Assessments of Undergraduate Research Experiences

4 Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Facilitating and Encouraging the Transition from Student to Scientist Susan H. Russell 53

5 Evaluation of the Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Delaware: A Multifaceted Design Karen Webber Bauer Joan S. Bennett 81

6 Exploring the Benefits of Undergraduate Research Experiences: The SURE Survey David Lopatto 112

Part III The Experience of Science

7 Benefits of Participating in Undergraduate Research in Science: Comparing Faculty and Student Perceptions Anne-Barrie Hunter Sandra L. Laursen Elaine Seymour 135

8 Critical Factors in the Undergraduate Research Experience Roman Taraban Eric Prensky Craig W. Bowen 172

Part IV Women in Science

9 Undergraduate Research Experiences: Male and Female Interns' Perceptions of Gains, Disappointments, and Self-Efficacy CarolAnne M. Kardash Michael Wallace Linda Blockus 191

10 Transcending Deficits and Differences Through Undergraduate Research Ashley Campbell Gerald D. Skoog 206

Part V Looking Back and Looking Forward

11 Alumni Perspectives on Undergraduate Research William Henne Robin Henne Wyatt McMahon Susan Harrell Yee Trevor Brasel Natasha J. Mehdiabadi 215

12 A BriefHistory of Undergraduate Research, with Consideration of Its Alternative Futures Richard L. Blanton 233

About the Editors and the Contributors 247

Index 255

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