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Texas Tech Will Study Impact of STEM Course-Based Undergrad Research


student conducting course-based undergraduate research

The project team will also investigate pre-college student characteristics that predict course-based undergraduate research participation.

Credit: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

The path for many college students interested in pursuing a STEM career often includes an undergraduate research course which is supposed to provide an early taste of the research process.

A team of Texas Tech University researchers is seeking answers on how well these courses work and if they are as inclusive as they need to be. They have started a three-year study of course-based undergraduate research in Texas to inform policymakers and help broaden participation in STEM for underrepresented groups, including women, students of color, first-generation college students, students from low-income households, and students with disabilities.

The research project is funded by a $500,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation.

The study will investigate "if undergraduate student researchers are more likely to pursue graduate school, take a career in a STEM field, or earn better wages compared to their peers," says Jacob Kirksey, an assistant professor of educational leadership policy at Texas Tech and the lead principal investigator on the project.

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