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B. Findings, methods

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Students in Microbiology during Fall 2008 met 7 scientists and learned more of their human side than if they had given a research seminar.  Each scientist addressed the class during class time.  The students wrote reflective papers regarding the 2 scientists with whom may they most related and completed an online survey including the question "Compared to the beginning of the semester how likely are you to consider a research career".  In spring 2009 the next cohort was given the same online survey with an additional question asking the students to explain the reason for their response to the question above.  This course includes many assignments and these may influence the students' attitudes about research.

At the end of fall 2008, 86% of the students were more likely to consider research while 14% were not.  The breakdown for males and females was similar.  In choosing the two scientists with whom they most related those selected by the females may have been due to chance alone while the male students’ choices were significantly different.  The Caucasian and Hispanic students chose one speaker of the same ethnicity 37% of the time, both speakers of their own ethnicity 26%, and both speakers of an ethnicity different than themselves 37% of the time.  These numbers were very similar when looking at the Hispanic and Caucasian student groups separately and all were significant with p values approaching zero.  At the end of Spring 2009, 55% of the students were more likely to consider research while 45% were not.  One student that indicated that they were not more likley to pursue research was already dedicated to a research career and they said that this had not changed. 

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