Undergraduate Summer Research Programs and Graduate School Outcomes: Don’t Ignore Rejected Program Applicants

Amy E. Sibulkin, J. S. Butler

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We tracked a sample of primarily Black psychology baccalaureates’ advanced degree enrollments and completions and estimated the association of those outcomes with summer research experience by merging three data sets: (a) summer research program participants, (b) a comparison group of alumni, mostly without summer research, and (c) degree completions from the national Student Tracker (ST) database. Rates of degree completion reported by ST were higher for summer research applicants than for those not applying, but among applicants, rates were similar for those accepted and rejected. Controlling for grade point average (GPA) in a surveyed subsample, participation in summer research was not significantly associated with enrollment in or completion of master's degrees. Students with higher GPAs were more likely to enroll and complete, and Black students were more likely to enroll.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-360
Number of pages4
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2015

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was supported by Tennessee State University through funds provided by Title III, U.S. Department of Education.


  • graduate degrees
  • historically Black colleges
  • psychology majors
  • research experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Psychology


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