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A case study approach to understanding a remote undergraduate research program
written by Dina Zohrabi Alaee and Benjamin M. Zwickl
Due to the growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities either canceled or remotely hosted their 2020 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. This analysis is part of a larger study examining the impact of these fully remote experiences on professional and psychosocial factors such as mentees' sense of belonging, identity, and self-efficacy and their retention in STEM degree programs. We present a single-student case study and describe the dramaturgical analysis which centers on identifying five fundamental constructs within the data: objectives, conflicts, tactics, attitudes, and emotions. These items investigate what the participant in the remote REU program experienced and how this experience changed the ways in which he thinks about his future career decision-making. Our analysis explored four different sub-narratives: lack of community in virtual REU, mentor support, perception of the "real" nature of the experience in a virtual format, and future career decision-making. The mentee reported that this experience was highly beneficial and that he developed a sense of belonging and identity, despite working remotely -- often from his own bedroom.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 480-485
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Technology
= Distance Education
Education - Basic Research
- Societal Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
= Skills
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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PERC 2021
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Metadata instance created October 4, 2021 by Lyle Barbato
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D. Zohrabi Alaee and B. Zwickl, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15801&DocID=5530).
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D. Zohrabi Alaee and B. Zwickl, A case study approach to understanding a remote undergraduate research program, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15801&DocID=5530>.
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Zohrabi Alaee, D., & Zwickl, B. (2021, August 4-5). A case study approach to understanding a remote undergraduate research program. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 9, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15801&DocID=5530
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Zohrabi Alaee, Dina, and Benjamin Zwickl. "A case study approach to understanding a remote undergraduate research program." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15801&DocID=5530 (accessed 9 December 2022).
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Zohrabi Alaee, Dina, and Benjamin Zwickl. "A case study approach to understanding a remote undergraduate research program." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 480-485 of PER Conference. 9 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15801&DocID=5530>.
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