Between the legacy REU and the current site, there have been 90 participants in the Cellular Bioengineering REU, of which 69 have completed their undergraduate studies. Of those 75% continued with their education in one form or another, and 70% entered graduate school for either an MS or PhD.
The REU students were asked to fill out surveys pre- and post-REU on a variety of subjects related to their perceived understanding of research and how it fits into their goals and aspirations. Among the largest increase pre-to-post program was in response to the statement: “I know what it takes to be a graduate student in a lab” (final rating 5.72/7 vs 4.00/7 preliminary rating, with 7 being “strongly agree” and 1 being “strongly disagree”).
Broad impact: Reaching or nearing important milestones for our demographics:
- Over 55% from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions
- Over 51% female
- 47% under-represented minorities
- 40% 1st generation to college students
- Elevated geographic diversity