The Benefits of Undergraduate Research Fellowships for Students with Disabilities

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In this article, the authors present finds from EDC’s evaluation of the university of Southern Maine’s Eastern Alliance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (EAST) program—one of 10 alliances across the country with the mission of increasing the numbers of students with disabilities who enter STEM majors and advance to graduate school or STEM careers.  Results indicated that students who completed Undergraduate Research Fellowships (URFs) through EAST “engaged fully in research processes, by and large were on track for completing their degrees, were more likely to enter graduate school and jobs in STEM fields than non-URS students, and enjoyed benefits that could be described as both personal and relational.    



Babette Moeller, Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, Jean Whitney, Lynn Lovewell

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