The Effect of Students' Participation in TUBITAK Research Projects on the Choice of Their Profession


Mirici S., Ülker Kurtuluş Ş.

GLOBETSonline: International Conference on Education, Technology and Science, 5 - 06 June 2020, pp.295-301

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Page Numbers: pp.295-301
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This research aimed to find out the effect of research project participation on the students’ choice of their professional area. The participants of the study comprised 64 tertiary level students who participated in TUBITAK Research Projects Competitions and received the awards of 1st, 2nd, 3rd best projects, Young Researcher Award, or Incentive Award when they were students at High School between the years of 2009- 2013. Out of 64 participants, 26 were male and 38 female. In the study, the demographic features such as gender, school type, foreign language skills, and the influence of project participation on the participants’ choice of professional field were analyzed. For this purpose, a structured questionnaire developed by Avcı, Özenir and Yücel (2016) was utilized with some minor changes. The questionnaire was composed of 8 items about foreign language skills, preference of higher education, the relationship between the project topics and the higher education program they prefer, their desire to be researchers in career plans, and the contribution of the project process on their individual and social development. The data obtained from the research were defined via frequency and percentage. It was understood that at the top of the universities preferred by students were Hacettepe University (21.88%), Istanbul University (9.38%), Gazi University (7.81%), Bilkent University (6.25%) and universities out of Turkey (1.56%). It was observed that 31.03% of them preferred private universities and 68.97% preferred public universities. It was also recorded that 67.2% of the students preferred Health Sciences, 8.3% Natural Sciences, and 7.9% Social Sciences. In addition, it was determined that all of the students were proficient in English, 31.25% of them spoke two languages and 6.25% spoke three languages. Keywords: TUBITAK; Research Projects; Project Competition; Project Awards; Professional Fields