LTC: How Do Students Benefit from Undergraduate Research in the Sciences?

Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center, Carleton College Learning and Teaching Center

Sandra Laursen, Codirector and Research Associate, Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER), Center to Advance Research at Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS), University of Colorado-Boulder

Many liberal arts colleges have a long tradition of undergraduate research (UR) in the sciences. But only recently has any empirical evidence been available about the role of undergraduate research in students' personal and professional growth. I will present findings from a large interview study with students and faculty who participated in undergraduate research. A few provocative findings from a comparison group who did not participate in UR reveal whether and how these benefits can be gained from other sources.

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