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CURE High School Program - Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology - Student Impacts Summative Evalution Report


Pam Castori, Laurie Lopez, Heather Mitchell, Inverness Research


In Spring 2011, Inverness Research Associates was hired to do a summative evaluation of the project, focusing on the students' experiences, ratings and reflections about the project, as well as their current educational and career trajectories.

The aim of this evaluation is to provide an external perspective on the extent to which and ways in which the CURE program has influenced or impacted high school participants in the four cohorts. The evaluation is focused solely on the students. The approach was designed to gather quantitative and qualitative data through surveys and interviews, resulting in ratings and measures of impact on participants as well as descriptive portrayals of participant experiences and reflections (through vignettes).

Any or all of this report is intended for use by the project leadership for the purpose of supporting their report and publication writing efforts. With this in mind, the report focuses on key results that emerged for us.

Report Organization: Key findings reported from this study are presented in three main sections. The first section presents key results from the online survey; the second section presents key themes that emerged through the students' interviews; and in the third section we present three student vignettes exemplifying student experiences and impacts, concluding the report with some summary comments. Student quotes included in this report from open-ended survey responses and from interviews have been slightly edited for grammar.

Intended Audience

Funders, the CURE program, Science Educators, Reform Leaders, District Administrators School and general public.

Date published

November 2011


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