Characterizing Undergraduate Research Experiences and Outcomes in STEM
Undergraduate Research Experience (URE): highly impactful, but difficult to scale.
Our central question is:
Job Characteristics Theory (Hackman and Oldham, 1976, 1980) states that the structure of work affects the psychological states of the workers, which leads to predictable outcomes.
The structure of work can be described by the core job characteristics.
Adapt the survey used to study the structure of work design to the undergraduate research context.
Modify survey items
Interviews round 1 and data analysis (Summer/Fall 2022)
Modify survey (Fall2022/Spring 2023)
The pilot study and interviews round 2 (Spring/Summer 2023) <--current stage!
Full-scale study to characterize the structure of work in undergraduate research along with student outcomes and demographics.
Career Exploration Database
We wonder if understanding the structural characteristics of prior experience in undergraduate research, internship or a job may help students navigate choices of careers. We are developing a Career Exploration Database that will use the work-design survey (currently in the pilot testing) AND individual preferences and values to help find matching occupations in the O*Net database from the department of labor.
We hope to be ready for pilot-testing the database soon (Spring 2023?) - please, check back for more info!
Assessment of Undergraduate Research Programs
If you are a faculty member or an administrator interested in assessment of undergraduate research program at your institution, please reach out to us. We'd love to partner with you and provide program-level assessment while collecting data for our study. (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
This research was generously supported by the William and Linda Frost Fund in the Cal Poly College of Science and Mathematics.