Title

Empowering Undergraduate Students to Lead Research: The ASCEND Program at Morgan State University

Document Type

Book Section

Publication Title

Broadening Participation in STEM

Publication Date

2019

Date Added

2022-09-07

Abstract

The focus of this chapter is to describe the methods and results of ASCEND, an innovative program that empowers undergraduate students to lead research projects. ASCEND, which stands for “A Student-Centered Entrepreneurship Development Training Model to Increase Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce,” is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is being implemented at Morgan State University, a historically black university in Baltimore, Maryland. The results are thus far very promising and show that placing undergraduate students in leading research positions and surrounding them with like-minded peers enhances their sense of science identity, leadership, peer support, and research capabilities. It is hoped that students who participate in ASCEND will pursue graduate training and become future successful biomedical researchers.

ISBN

1-78756-908-X

Keywords

Education, Economic Advancement

Disciplines

Biology

Comments/Extra Notes

Additional author: Sheikhattari, Payam

Publisher

Emerald Publishing Limited

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