Examining summer laboratory research apprenticeships for high school students as a factor in entry to MD/PHD programs at matriculation

Robert H. Tai, Xiaoqing Kong, Claire E. Mitchell, Katherine P. Dabney, Daniel M. Read, Donna B. Jeffe, Dorothy A. Andriole, Heather D. Wathington

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Abstract

Do summer laboratory research apprenticeships during high school have an impact on entry into MD/PhD programs? Apart from the nearly decade-long span of time between high school and matriculation into an MD/PhD program, young people have many life-shaping experiences that presumably impact their education and career trajectories. This quantitative study (n = 236,432) examines the connection between early laboratory research apprenticeship experiences at the high school level and matriculation into one of the more rigorous educational programs for scientific research training. The span of time covered by this analysis reaches across more than a decade, examining the potential importance of research experiences during the precollege years in the educational trajectory of young people. Intertwined with this question on research experiences is a second major concern regarding diversity in the life sciences research corps. Diversity in this wide-ranging discipline refers specifically to the underrepresentation of Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latino/as, and American Indians/Alaska Natives among the ranks of research scientists. Thus, this study includes analyses that specifically focus on research apprenticeships of Blacks/African Americans and Hispanics/Latino/as and their entrance into MD/ PhD programs.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberar37
JournalCBE life sciences education
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

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