TITLE: Evaluation of the North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network Program Activities: Student Career Tracking
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Donald Sens
PHONE NUMBER: 701-777-6258
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH
A person who is going to participate in research must give informed consent to participation. This consent must be based on understanding of the nature and risks of the research. This document provides information important to this understanding. This research project only includes people who choose to participate. Please take your time in making your decision about participating. If you have questions, please ask.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?
You are invited to participate in a study about the impact of ND INBRE activities on students’ education and career choices. The study will follow students long term to monitor the effectiveness of efforts to prepare students to pursue careers in biomedical sciences.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL PARTICIPATE
Students at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) and tribal colleges, summer research experiences, and other science-related activities supported by ND INBRE are invited to participate. Approximately 1200 people will participate.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THIS STUDY?
Your participation in the study will be long term. You will be asked to update your contact information annually through a web based survey and report any participation in science and health related educational programs, educational programs, employment and other related science activities such as presentations at conferences. Each update will take approximately 10 minutes.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THIS STUDY?
Initially, students complete a survey which takes approximately 20 minutes, providing contact information, their opinion about the science-related activity in which they are participating, and information about career decision making. They will then be contacted annually to update contact information and the status of their involvement in science and health related educational and career activities. The follow-up contact will take approximately 10 minutes. Participants may choose to skip any questions they prefer to not answer.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF THE STUDY?
Minimal risks are involved. No information about a unique individual is shared with others through any venue. If you become upset by questions, you may choose to not answer a question and stop at any time.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THIS STUDY?
You may not benefit personally from being in this study. However, others will benefit. The information you provide will be used to revise the program, in order to increase its effectiveness. The results will also be disseminated widely through presentations and publications, to inform other similar programs.
WILL IT COST ME ANYTHING TO BE IN THIS STUDY?
You will not incur any costs for participating in this study.
WILL I BE PAID FOR PARTICIPATING?
Students receive an incentive, depending on their level of participation in the research. The most common incentive is $10. Students participating in focus groups receive between $10 and $20 dollars.
WHO IS FUNDING THE STUDY?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding this research study; Dr. Donald Sens is the Principal Investigator. UND and other educational programs where you participated in ND INBRE receive payments from NIH to support ND INBRE activities. No one on the research team will receive a direct payment or an increase in salary for conducting this study.