Astronomy Research Seminar

The Impact on Students from their Perspective. Preliminary results from one spring seminar


  • Rachel Freed Sonoma State University/Institute for Student Astronomical Research (InStAR)


Student Research, Seminars


In an effort to give undergraduate and high school students an experience of the processes of scientific research as close to what they might expect in the field, the Astronomy Research Seminar has been taught out of Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, CA, for over a decade, and for the past 3 years as a distance education course. The hope is that in providing early exposure to scientific research in a way that as closely as possible resembles the scientific endeavor outside of the classroom, more students will be given the tools to continue to pursue science in their education and careers, specifically the perseverance in the challenge of writing a scientific paper for publication. Here we present an analysis of an initial evaluation of the seminar by looking at students’ self-reported feelings about how the seminar has inspired them, and helped them learn to manage projects, write scientific papers and take charge of their own learning.