Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

5-8-2024 11:00 AM

End Date

5-8-2024 1:00 PM

Subjects

Biomedical and health research

Student Level

Undergraduate

Abstract

Historically, the underrepresentation of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, disabled, and diverse racial/ethnic groups in STEM fields is prevalent. Equity in stem fields allows for different perspectives and knowledge backgrounds allows for the cognitive diversity needed to tackle complex research topics. The Knight Scholars Program (KSP) aims to support underrepresented and disadvantaged high school and undergraduate students pursuing a research career by teaching them the tools they need to succeed. Spanning over three summers, KSP utilized the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) of motivation to create an inclusive learning environment and to strengthen the high schoolers' motivation to pursue research careers focusing on the three physiological needs: autonomy, relatedness, and competency. Photovoices created by a cohort about their overall experiences during the two ten-week-long program segments underwent qualitative analysis to gauge the influences on scholars' motivations present during their participation via qualitative analysis. These findings, discussed in the context of trainee recruitment and retention of individuals supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals of programs, highlight the need for systematic support of trainees’ inherent needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competency.

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Interpersonal Experiential Learning and Cancer Research Training Designed to Enhance the Motivation of Participating Interns Utilizing Self-Determination Theory: A Longitudinal Study with Photovoice Methodology

Historically, the underrepresentation of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, disabled, and diverse racial/ethnic groups in STEM fields is prevalent. Equity in stem fields allows for different perspectives and knowledge backgrounds allows for the cognitive diversity needed to tackle complex research topics. The Knight Scholars Program (KSP) aims to support underrepresented and disadvantaged high school and undergraduate students pursuing a research career by teaching them the tools they need to succeed. Spanning over three summers, KSP utilized the Self-Determination Theory (SDT) of motivation to create an inclusive learning environment and to strengthen the high schoolers' motivation to pursue research careers focusing on the three physiological needs: autonomy, relatedness, and competency. Photovoices created by a cohort about their overall experiences during the two ten-week-long program segments underwent qualitative analysis to gauge the influences on scholars' motivations present during their participation via qualitative analysis. These findings, discussed in the context of trainee recruitment and retention of individuals supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals of programs, highlight the need for systematic support of trainees’ inherent needs for autonomy, relatedness, and competency.