Research in Higher Education

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 126–152

Training Future Scientists: Predicting First-year Minority Student Participation in Health Science Research

  • Sylvia Hurtado
  • M. Kevin Eagan
  • Nolan L. Cabrera
  • Monica H. Lin
  • Julie Park
  • Miguel Lopez
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11162-007-9068-1

Cite this article as:
Hurtado, S., Eagan, M.K., Cabrera, N.L. et al. Res High Educ (2008) 49: 126. doi:10.1007/s11162-007-9068-1

Abstract

Using longitudinal data from the UCLA Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) and Your First College Year (YFCY) surveys, this study examines predictors of the likelihood that science-oriented students would participate in a health science undergraduate research program during the first year of college. The key predictors of participation in health science research programs are students’ reliance on peer networks and whether campuses provide structured opportunities for first-year students even though only 12% of freshmen in the sample engaged in this activity. These experiences are particularly important for Black students. The findings inform efforts to orient students at an early stage, particularly under-represented minorities, toward biomedical and behavioral science research careers.

Keywords

Undergraduate science researchRacial/ethnic minoritiesCollege impactFirst-year experiences

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sylvia Hurtado
    • 1
  • M. Kevin Eagan
    • 1
  • Nolan L. Cabrera
    • 1
  • Monica H. Lin
    • 1
  • Julie Park
    • 1
  • Miguel Lopez
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA