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  1. Katelyn Cooper
  2. https://sols.asu.edu/katelyn-cooper
  3. Postdoctoral scholar
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  5. Arizona State University ASU
  1. Sara Brownell
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  3. Associate Professor
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Arizona State University ASU
  1. Logan Gin
  2. PhD student
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  4. Arizona State University ASU
  1. Amy Pate
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  3. Manager of Instructional Design
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  5. Arizona State University ASU

Making the LEAP from transfer student to researcher

NSF Awards: 1644236

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Undergraduate

In this video we highlight the LEAP Scholars Program, which is funded by a National Science Foundation S-STEM Award. The LEAP Scholars program is designed to provide low-income, high achieving community college transfer students in science with the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research at Arizona State University (ASU).  At ASU, transfer students are significantly less likely to engage in undergraduate research than their peers and cite the need to work a part-time or full time job as a major barrier.   In this two-year program students are provided with a $3000 scholarship for four consecutive semesters in order to offset the need to work a job so that they can spend more time engaging in undergraduate research.  In the first semester of the program, Learning about Research, students engage in a science education course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) where they work on an authentic science education research project in order to strengthen their understanding of the process of science and to familiarize them with what they should expect when they enter a basic science research lab.  In the following three semesters- Entering Research, Advising Research, and Producing research- students join a basic-science research lab and concurrently take a course associated with the LEAP program to support them as they strive to maximize their experience as an undergraduate researcher.   Since fall 2018, the LEAP program has supported 20 undergraduate researchers.

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  • Icon for: Laleh Cote

    Laleh Cote

    Graduate Student
    May 12, 2019 | 09:27 p.m.

    This is an awesome project! What schools are the LEAP scholars from, and what are they generally majoring in?

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    Sara Brownell

    Co-Presenter
    May 12, 2019 | 10:06 p.m.

    All the students are undergraduates in science majors at Arizona State University who have transferred from community colleges. Most are majoring in biology.

     
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    Laleh Cote
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    Gregory Rushton

    Facilitator
    May 12, 2019 | 11:17 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing with us!  Can you describe a bit about what you teach in the Learning about Research course and do you have some materials to share with those interested in developing such courses at their institutions? thanks much.

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    Sara Brownell

    Co-Presenter
    May 13, 2019 | 01:06 a.m.

    Most of the students come into this program knowing very little about what research is and how they could maximize their experience doing research.  So we try to unveil the "unwritten rules" associated with undergraduate research.  We originally thought about just teaching this to the students, but we quickly realized that we didn't want to just talk at the students.  So we took an approach where the students learned about undergraduate research by doing an education research project on undergraduate research.  These types of classes are often called course-based undergraduate research experiences (here is a link to a description of these types of courses: http://www.asmscience.org/content/journal/jmbe/10.1128/jmbe.v19i2.1567.  In this course, the students dug into the primary literature on undergraduate research - on what makes good mentoring, on what benefits students report from participating in undergraduate research, on the different types of undergraduate research experiences.  They discovered that very little had been published on the negative aspects of undergraduate research, so they decided to do a research project on why undergraduates leave undergraduate research experiences.  They designed the research question, collected data, analyzed the data, and we just submitted a manuscript with all the students as co-authors!  And they learned a ton about undergraduate research at the same time - which they are applying as they work in scientific research labs!

     
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    Becca Schillaci
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    Laleh Cote

    Graduate Student
    May 13, 2019 | 03:31 a.m.

    It's so awesome that these students had a chance to co-create knowledge as researchers themselves! I can't wait to read the paper when it's published!

  • May 13, 2019 | 11:27 a.m.

    Great work. How have the students dealt with the challenge of fitting in research to their schedules? Do the transfer students have a higher number of courses to complete in a shorter amount of time?

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    Sara Brownell

    Co-Presenter
    May 13, 2019 | 12:12 p.m.

    This is such an important point. These transfer students get credit for doing research and this counts as upper level elective credit for their science majors. The scholarship that they receive is intended to help replace their need for a part-time job. 

  • May 14, 2019 | 12:09 p.m.

    Fantastic. We are doing something similar at Ursinus College through an S-STEM grant. 

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    Deb Cole

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 13, 2019 | 12:06 p.m.

    There is such a critical need in cultivating the STEM talent potential of transfer of students. And as you pointed out, exposure to research is an important part of realizing this potential in our future STEM leaders. Your program that includes not just the research exposure, but also the peer-mentorship piece is particularly powerful. Will you share your journal article once published? And I love that you included all the scholars as co-authors. What a wonderful way to continue to build the community of scholars within the program and beyond. We invite the LEAP scholars to submit thier poster abstracts for the 2019 LSMRCE conference which will be held October 25-27, in Indianapolis. This is a competitive poster session and travel awards are available. https://lsmrce.org Hope to see more about your publication!

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    Monae Verbeke

    Facilitator
    May 13, 2019 | 12:51 p.m.

    How did the project decide who/what was 'high-achieving'? Given the student's lack of opportunity in the past, I wonder how their high-achievement might differ from traditional ways we consider high-achievement. 

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    Sara Brownell

    Co-Presenter
    May 13, 2019 | 02:07 p.m.

    We used student GPA in their community college classes as a proxy for their academic achievement (using 3.0 as a cut off) because this program was funded by a S-STEM grant which specifies that students have to be high ability with financial need. However, we used a student essay on their interest in the program and an interview that was used to gauge their enthusiasm and interest in learning as the primary metrics for entry into the program. We totally agree that these are much better measures to evaluate student potential for success.

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    Monae Verbeke

    Facilitator
    May 13, 2019 | 11:13 p.m.

    Interesting. I wonder what the results would have been for students who might night have high GPAs but show other forms of high achievement. 

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    Holly Wiegreffe

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 14, 2019 | 04:46 a.m.

    As an instructor in an AA transfer program, thank you for looking out for our transfer students!  I'm always a little worried that they won't find the community they need when they get to the "big university".

    Most of the STEM students we have are really not interested in STEM as a career, rather they are majoring in science in order to apply for medical, dental, pharmacy school, etc.  My question is this:  Are your transfer students also primarily interested in professional schools as well?  Professional schools already have a lot of applicants and I am curious if this approach increases the number of nonprofessional school STEM graduates.

    Thanks for your video and your work.  Holly

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    Sara Brownell

    Co-Presenter
    May 14, 2019 | 10:40 a.m.

    We admit students into the program regardless of what their career interests are.  Some of our students want to go to medical school or dental school and others want to go on to graduate school in science.  Undergraduate research experiences can be beneficial for students regardless of whether they want to go on and do research, so we try to help students see the benefits.  Some of our students had no idea that they like research before they did the program and now are considering careers doing research!

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    Becca Schillaci

    Facilitator
    May 15, 2019 | 01:09 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing your work! I'd love to hear more about the impact of the LEAP program. What are you seeing has changed about students after their 4 semesters? Do you measure any impact formally?

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    Katelyn Cooper

    Lead Presenter
    Postdoctoral scholar
    May 15, 2019 | 09:52 p.m.

    Thanks for asking!  We have measured a significant gain in the students' research self-efficacy.  The students came in with high senses of belonging and high science identities and these have remained high over the course of the program.  We also found that students have high project ownership with regard to both their basic science research project and their education research project.  Informally, we have noted remarkable gains in students' abilities to think like scientists!

  • May 16, 2019 | 04:37 p.m.

    I appreciate hearing about Community College to degree completion success stories particularly for underrepresented populations. Seeing your success rate in inspiring. Do you have plans for dissemination of this program to additional Community Colleges and Universities?

     

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    Katelyn Cooper

    Lead Presenter
    Postdoctoral scholar
    May 17, 2019 | 10:34 p.m.

    Hi Tracey,

    Thanks for your question!  Currently, students from any community colleges are welcome to apply to our program. We do not have the funding to expand the program beyond ASU, but would be happy to share what we've learned for anyone looking to establish a similar program at another institution!

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    Mark Mort

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 16, 2019 | 11:42 p.m.

    wow..such an impressive project.  Thanks for sharing.

     

     

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    Becca Schillaci

    Facilitator
    May 17, 2019 | 11:05 a.m.

    Could you share more about the peer-to-peer mentor relationship within the program? Are there formal activities? What impact does the mentor relationship have on the mentors? on the mentees? Thanks!

     

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    Katelyn Cooper

    Lead Presenter
    Postdoctoral scholar
    May 17, 2019 | 10:37 p.m.

    Sure!  Our LEAP Scholars who have been in the program for a year serve as mentors to our incoming LEAP Scholars each year.  The students have class together once a week throughout the entire semester.  The senior LEAP students mentor the incoming students with regard to how to navigate college, science education research, and how to be successful in their basic science research labs.  We haven't formally measured the impact of mentorship on the students.  However, we have noticed that our students who have had the opportunity to be mentored are extremely resourceful (e.g. apply to many REU programs, apply for scholarships, etc..), which I think is a direct result of being mentored by the senior students. 

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    Christopher Jett

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 20, 2019 | 12:01 p.m.

    Interesting project!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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