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Exploring the Impact and Accessibility of Undergraduate Research Experiences in the Natural Sciences

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Title: Exploring the Impact and Accessibility of Undergraduate Research Experiences in the Natural Sciences
Author: Bingham, Bailey E.
Department: Department of Integrative Biology
Program: Integrative Biology
Advisor: Jacobs, ShoshanahGregory, T. Ryan
Abstract: This thesis explores the impact and accessibility of undergraduate research experiences (UREs) in biology. The one-on-one model or URE has been associated with several positive student outcomes, however as newer models of URE proliferate, the need for a systematic classification and comparison of the models has become clear. This thesis used data derived from 76 course syllabi for UREs in biology departments across Ontario to generate a typology of UREs. This thesis then compared the accessibility and learning impact of the URE types through a mixed-methods approach. Results demonstrated differences in the accessibility of the URE types. However, content analysis of students’ accounts of demonstrated that all models were sufficient to foster significant learning. This thesis has implications for best practices in URE design and provides guidance to educators and administrators seeking to improve student access to UREs.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/26462
Date: 2021-09
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