Students' scientific gains were assessed via the SURE survey and compared to those reported by UBRP students.
UBRP students had the highest learning gains in 16 of the 21 items assessed.
groups reported higher gains than the UBRP group in working independently.
students and in four out of six areas compared to UBRP students.
had the weekly structured professional development seminars that were part of UBRP (a domestic, undergraduate research program), and this is reflected in their scientific learning gains.
The authors thank the scientists who hosted the students; Matt Knatz, MCB IT manager, who devised Web-based survey instruments; and Jennifer Cubeta, UBRP assistant director, who tended to the UBRP students while the UBRP director was with the Prozkoumat!
Carol Bender is a University Distinguished Outreach Professor and director of the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) and the Biomedical Research Abroad: Vistas Open!
She has worked with the UBRP program director for several years, assisting with research projects concerning various facets of the program and its participants.