A Pharmacology-Based Enrichment Program for Undergraduates Promotes Interest in Science.
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There is a strong need to increase the number of undergraduate students who pursue careers in science to provide the "fuel" that will power a science and technology-driven U.S. economy. Prior research suggests that both evidence-based teaching methods and early undergraduate research experiences may help to increase retention rates in the sciences. In this study, we examined the effect of a program that included 1) a Summer enrichment 2-wk minicourse and 2) an authentic Fall research course, both of which were designed specifically to support students' science motivation. Undergraduates who participated in the pharmacology-based enrichment program significantly improved their knowledge of basic biology and chemistry concepts; reported high levels of science motivation; and were likely to major in a biological, chemical, or biomedical field. Additionally, program participants who decided to major in biology or chemistry were significantly more likely to choose a pharmacology concentration than those majoring in biology or chemistry who did not participate in the enrichment program. Thus, by supporting students' science motivation, we can increase the number of students who are interested in science and science careers.
SubjectBiological Science Disciplines
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1187/cbe.15-02-0043
Publication InfoBarger, Michael; Godin, EA; Linnenbrink-Garcia, Lisa; Perez, T; Richman, Laura Smart; Schwartz-Bloom, R; ... Wormington, SV (2015). A Pharmacology-Based Enrichment Program for Undergraduates Promotes Interest in Science. CBE Life Sci Educ, 14(4). 10.1187/cbe.15-02-0043. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/11796.
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Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Richman's research broadly focuses on understanding factors that contribute to health disparities for disadvantaged groups. Some research areas include the role of social status, gentrification, and social network characteristics on health behaviors and outcomes. Click here for .pdf links to my publicationsAreas of expertise: Health
Professor in Pharmacology & Cancer Biology
The Schwartz-Bloom laboratory has completed 18 years of research investigating novel pharmacologic approaches to prevent neuronal death caused by cerebral ischemia associated with cardiac arrest and stroke. The group studied how GABA neurotransmission dysfunction contributes to the death of hippocampal neurons after ischemia in vivo or in vitro. Dr. Schwartz-Bloom’s research program continues now exclusively in science education, which she started in 1996. With funds provided by the Duke P
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