Factors Affecting Psi Chi Members’ Satisfaction with Research Opportunities
Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research
The present data (similar to those in previous studies) indicated lower satisfaction ratings for research in Psi Chi as compared to other chapter activities. Student involvement in research was lower than might be expected for members (57.1% currently involved). Participation was particularly low for Psi Chi-sponsored research (9.8% of the same) and those students reported lower satisfaction with research than students involved in general research activities. The majority of non-involved students reported lack of participation in research activities because they were “too busy” with work or family obligations (65.1%) and did not know how to get involved (39.4%). Self-reported competence, opportunities for being mentored, knowledge about funding opportunities, and faculty advisor leadership characteristics were all significantly correlated with student satisfaction ratings. Recommendations were offered for improving research involvement and satisfaction.
McDougal, K. & Domenech Rodriguez, M.M. (2008). Factors affecting Psi Chi members' satisfaction with research opportunities. Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 13, 6-13.