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Journal of Health Education Research & Development

Author(s): Michalek AM, Johnson CR

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Abstract BACKGROUND: The number of American students pursuing advanced science degree continues to wane. Summer research experience programs are ideal mechanisms to introduce high school and college students to scientific lifestyles. METHODS: A follow-up of participants from 1995-2003 was conducted to gauge student perception of the program and to measure outcomes. RESULTS: Data are presented from the responses of 287 (81\%) participants. The Program was successful in recruiting female (67\%) and underrepresented (>35\%) students. Very high percentages of trainees reported pursuing advanced scientific study (>85\% of high school and >92\% college students). CONCLUSIONS: Summer research experiential programs can be successful in initiating or maintaining a student's interest in science careers. This article was published in J Cancer Educ and referenced in Journal of Health Education Research & Development

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