What is the best environment to learn science? How do different life science learning models affect a student’s attitude towards research? We argue that a research immersion setting, where young scholars, particularly pre-college students, can experience all aspects of a research project, facilitates effective learning and fosters early interests and retention in science and research.
In this study, we assess the efficacy of our research immersion programs regarding their impact on our young scholars’ problem solving and critical thinking abilities and their attitude towards scientific research. We investigate how the outcome of virtual learning during the COVID pandemic differs from that of the pre-COVID and post-COVID in-person experience.