Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"STEM Career Development of Minority Undergraduate Agricultural, Environmental and Life Science Majors"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
Career development; youth development; STEM education; life sciences; underrepresented minorities
Project Description:
The goal of this project is to examine the influence of social cognitive variables on the STEM career devlopment of minority undergraduate students who are pursuing STEM-intensive Ag & Life Science majors.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern's primary role on this project will involve conducting library research/literature reviews; data collection, data coding, and analysis; on-line survey development; and preparation of oral presentations & written reports for publication.
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Desired Qualifications:
At least a 3.0 GPA and a sophomore, junior or senior in good academic standing. Students majoring in the biological/life sciences, agriculture, or science education; however, major is not a requirement as long as the student has a strong interest in career/youth development. Any coursework in psychology, youth and/or adolescent development, and education is also a plus. Previous experience working with human subjects research and online surveys is a plus. Additional preferred qualities include: computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and other related programs; well-organized, and a self-starter.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Esters, Levon
youth development and agricultural educ

Student Supervisor

Levon Esters
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Jennifer Dennis
Horticulture/College of Agriculture