Program - Evaluation

We employ a variety of evaluation and assessment strategies for SPUR. These include implementation and progress assessments, formative and summative evaluations, and internal and external reviews. Evaluations are solicited from interns, mentors, and faculty. In addition to informal weekly evaluative meetings with the Program Director, we use an internal evaluation survey, the external URSSA assessment online, an exit interview with the Program Director, and pre- and post- focus groups with the UO Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC). Mentors and faculty complete internal surveys and interviews as well.

  • Intern evaluations: At the end of each summer, students assess the influence of the SPUR experience on career choices, learning gains, research features, associated program features, and personnel performance. Interns also provide suggestions for program improvement.
  • Mentor evaluations: Mentors assess the programs influence on career development and teaching styles for each student and provide suggestions for program improvement.
  • Faculty evaluations: Participating faculty members assess the importance and performance of the program for intern research training, for meeting our educational mission, and for professional development of faculty. They also offer suggestions for program improvement.

The principal evidence that SPUR is successful in advancing research careers for young scientists lies in their own assessments of the value of the experience. Almost uniformly, interns come away from the rigorous and intensive summer experience with an appreciation and excitement about their accomplishments and contributions, insights into the unanswered questions on the horizons of life sciences, and a realization that an enjoyable research career is within their grasp.