Event Title

Research on Undergraduate Research: Overview of Evaluation Research Outcomes from the Science for Life Program at the University of Florida

Presenter Information

Ana Puig, University of Florida

Presentation Type

Interactive Presentation

Location

Student Union, Key West 218 D

Start Date

25-9-2009 4:10 PM

End Date

25-9-2009 4:30 PM

Description/Abstract

With funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Science For Life (SFL) Program at the University of Florida (UF) has a mission “to strengthen and transform undergraduate research and interdisciplinary laboratory education in the life sciences” at UF and our partner institutions. As part of the assessment and evaluation of the SFL program, the assessment team from the UF College of Education conducted the following research: developed and administered surveys to both students and faculty participat- ing in the program. In the first year, focus groups and individual interviews were also used to assess the experiences of student outliers who had expressed little activity or involvement during their research experiences with a faculty mentor. Focus groups were also held to evaluate student experiences in integrated core laboratory (chemistry, physics and biology) classes to assess this innovative undergraduate science training. The SFL program is entering its fourth year; thus, research efforts are turning toward longitudinal comparisons within the first and second year cohorts, as well as comparisons across all three previous cohorts. Implications and recommen- dations for future program evaluation research will be discussed.

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Research on Undergraduate Research: Overview of Evaluation Research Outcomes from the Science for Life Program at the University of Florida

Student Union, Key West 218 D

With funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Science For Life (SFL) Program at the University of Florida (UF) has a mission “to strengthen and transform undergraduate research and interdisciplinary laboratory education in the life sciences” at UF and our partner institutions. As part of the assessment and evaluation of the SFL program, the assessment team from the UF College of Education conducted the following research: developed and administered surveys to both students and faculty participat- ing in the program. In the first year, focus groups and individual interviews were also used to assess the experiences of student outliers who had expressed little activity or involvement during their research experiences with a faculty mentor. Focus groups were also held to evaluate student experiences in integrated core laboratory (chemistry, physics and biology) classes to assess this innovative undergraduate science training. The SFL program is entering its fourth year; thus, research efforts are turning toward longitudinal comparisons within the first and second year cohorts, as well as comparisons across all three previous cohorts. Implications and recommen- dations for future program evaluation research will be discussed.