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Table 4.
Selected student comments on authentic research experience.
“I was finally a scientist; failure, progress, ideas, observations; all from an experiment I designed.” (NOS) 
“It was a great experience because we had the freedom to design our experiment and learn by redesigning and repeating the process.” (SLO#2) 
“It was learning to ride a bike called research but with training wheels.” (NOS) 
“This was a great opportunity; the manifestation of the scientific process in our own hands was so beneficial because we really got to immerse ourselves in research of our own creation.” (NOS) 
“I didn't like the experiment; it would have been more beneficial if we had more guidance.” 
“I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to use new technology to hone our laboratory skills and learn invaluable research methods.” (SLO#4 & #6) 
“I thought it required too much time outside of lab.” (NOS) 
“Loved doing hands-on research that I designed. It is making me consider a future in research.” (NOS) 
“This experiment required a lot of time, but that was my fault since I designed the experiment.” (SLO#2; NOS) 
“I really liked how we had full independence to design our experiment; it made the research experience authentic.” (SLO#2) 
“By far the best way to get students writing efficient lab reports.” (SLO#9) 
“This experience pushed us out of our comfort zones and test[ed] our lab skills in a way that increased our understanding in essential laboratory concepts.” (SLO#4) 
“I was finally a scientist; failure, progress, ideas, observations; all from an experiment I designed.” (NOS) 
“It was a great experience because we had the freedom to design our experiment and learn by redesigning and repeating the process.” (SLO#2) 
“It was learning to ride a bike called research but with training wheels.” (NOS) 
“This was a great opportunity; the manifestation of the scientific process in our own hands was so beneficial because we really got to immerse ourselves in research of our own creation.” (NOS) 
“I didn't like the experiment; it would have been more beneficial if we had more guidance.” 
“I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to use new technology to hone our laboratory skills and learn invaluable research methods.” (SLO#4 & #6) 
“I thought it required too much time outside of lab.” (NOS) 
“Loved doing hands-on research that I designed. It is making me consider a future in research.” (NOS) 
“This experiment required a lot of time, but that was my fault since I designed the experiment.” (SLO#2; NOS) 
“I really liked how we had full independence to design our experiment; it made the research experience authentic.” (SLO#2) 
“By far the best way to get students writing efficient lab reports.” (SLO#9) 
“This experience pushed us out of our comfort zones and test[ed] our lab skills in a way that increased our understanding in essential laboratory concepts.” (SLO#4) 
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