This study investigated the effects of undergraduate research (UR) experience on student engagement for STEM majors. Student academic engagement differed significantly by UR participation in the senior year. We examined whether these differences existed in the first-year and found that the differences in academic engagement were there but smaller in size. We also found that some student characteristics differed in student participation in this high impact educational practice. The majority of STEM majors who planned to do UR during first-year actually participated in UR before graduation. We found that there were differences among the planning to do group based on their subsequent participation in UR.Undergraduate Research Experience: Intention and Doing for STEM Majors Objectives of the study The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of undergraduate research (UR) experience for STEM majors. Most of the studies that examine the UR experience look at the effects at one point. This study looks at how student academic engagement differs by UR participation. It examines also whether these differences existed in the first-year of college and whether these differences are in similar way for female and minority students (critical group in STEM majors). This study also scrutinizes the students who plan to do undergraduate research in first-year and how these plans and experiences are related to student engagement. Theoretical framework The educational benefits of student participation in undergraduate research (UR) in STEM fields are well known. Students majoring in STEM fields who participate in UR have increased rates of persistence, enhanced confidence and research skills, and higher degre
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