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Science and Mathematics Education

University of Vermont

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Interdisciplinary Research Experiences For Undergraduates: Two Mixed-Methods Studies, Beth White Jan 2017

Interdisciplinary Research Experiences For Undergraduates: Two Mixed-Methods Studies, Beth White

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Despite the demand for a diverse STEM-educated population and workforce, college students have consistently turned away from these disciplines in large numbers, creating a persistent problem that many are trying to address. The aim of the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program is to inspire, attract, and retain STEM majors. Funding supports undergraduate STEM students' engagement in real-world research alongside STEM mentors. As colleges and universities compete for funding for REUs, it is important to understand the mechanisms within summer research programs that resonate most deeply with undergraduate STEM researchers. While many studies reveal strong correlations ...