Contract: $294,797 - National Institutes of Health - Aug. 11, 2009
13% voted satisfied - 88% voted not satisfied - 8 vote(s) cast
Award Description: Project Summary/Abstract for more than 30 years, there has been a nationwide effort to encourage students from underrepresented ethnic minorities to pursue careers I nthe sciences. Despite widespread intervention programs, there remains a significant uner-representation of minortiy scientists engaged in biomedical and behavioral research in the United States. To date there have been few studies using appropriate matched samples to examine the effectiveness of such programs. A multidisciplinary research team from CSUSM is proposing a longtiudinal, theory-driven, empirical evaluation of the NIH-sponsored Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program. RISE provides monetary support, training, research experience, mentoring, and graduate school preprartion for minority college students in the biomedical sciences. Our study tracks the educational pathways of over 1300 minority science students from 45 campuses across the United States. Of the participating students, half are funded through NIH training programs (primarily RISE, with a few MARC and SCORE students). The other half of the students serve as nonexperimental matched controls, drawn from comparable universities and with similar demographics and prior accompliments. The aim of this study is to continue to track panel members across the next four years, as they move into graduate school and beyond. This will enable us to assess how the RISE program affets students' intention to pursue a scientific career, and also measure objective outcomes such as degrrees attained, careers pursue a scientific career, and also measure objective outcomes such as degrees attained, careers pursued, and scientific achievements. Additionally, we will look at what components of the RISE program (e.g., mentorship, research experience, financial assistance) contribute towards its effectiveness. Lastly, we will examine what types of psychological constructs, such as self-efficancy, scientific identity, values or goal-orientation, best predict and explain why program components work. Our research program will provide empirical data that can inform nationwide programs designed to encourage students from underrepresented ethnic groups to pursue careers in the sciences.
Project Description: For the past four years we have been conducting a longitudinal quasi-experimental study that tests the efficacy of minority training programs and identifies the psychosocial processes that are associated with the outcomes. After seven waves of data collection, our research has now matured to the point that meaningful longitudinal data analyses have become possible and we have reported several of these findings in manuscripts and presentations. Additional funding through an ARRA 2009 supplement is allowing us to substantially accelerate the pace of discovery associated with our longitudinal study. Specifically, the grant has allowed us to create a new research position within our lab, and to expand time and analytic capacity of our research team. The expanded analyses and writing specifically looks at the process oriented research questions that explain why minority training programs work and for whom. At this time (one month into the grant cycle), we have begun to do the following: (a) update the contact information for existing panel members, (b) expand our outcome variable list, (c) intensify the data analysis and writing schedule, and (d) accelerate the dissemination process. In summary, one month into the grant cycle, all position are now filled or expanded, and the months objectives have been met. . SALARY & BENEFITS: $ 750.29 ESTRADA-HOLLENBECK,M. 9/15/09 INDIRECT COSTS: $ 360.14
Jobs Summary: M. Estrada-Hollenbeck, Ph.D. Co-Principal Investigator (PI). Dr. Estrada-Hollenbeck is responsible for monitoring the progress of the participant recruitment, data collection, and processing protocol. In addition, she is primarily responsible for modifications to and maintenance of the survey and the web portal. Her position was expanded from 50% to 75%. She works with the Project Manager, Research III and Research Assitants to create and follow a protocol for collecting data regarding the demographic characteristics of participant majors, departments, and University campuses. Project Manager, Randie Chance, MA. A project manager part-time position was created to assist PIs in maintaining day-to-day operations to meet the supplemental study protocol goals. The Project Manager position is responsible for the collection of objective and contextual measures to further expand the current dataset. Specifically, duties include contacting departments and Universities that our participants attended to acquire demographic information. This process will be an ongoing two year data collection process as participants switch programs, graduate, and enter new fields of study. Researcher III, Anna Woodcock, MA. The Data Manager is currently responsible for management of the longitudinal project dataset. Her position has become a 50% time position so that she can acquire and merge with our dataset information acquired from the National Clearinghouse and other objective accomplishment measures. She is responsible for providing a ?clean? dataset to the researchers that then includes objective measures of graduation, publications, university and program attributes, and GPA data for all participants who completed their degrees. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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