The characteristics and experiences of minority freshmen committed to biomedical and behavioral science research careers

Leticia Oseguera, Sylvia Hurtado, Nida Denson, Oscar Cerna, Victor Saenz

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Abstract

This study examines the characteristics and pre-college experiences of African American/Black, Latina/Latino, and American Indian students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a major in a biomedical or behavioral science field as well as an interest in pursuing a career in scientific research at college entry. Using data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program, the study explores factors that contribute to the career aspirations of racial/ethnic minority populations. Logistic regression analyses on a national sample of 71,000 students reveal that coursework and experiential learning in the sciences during high school as well as having a parent who is employed in a scientific field are important contributors to early interest in pursuing a scientific research career.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-177
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
Volume12
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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