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Analysis of the Influence of Undergraduate Research on the Engineering Formation from the Point of View of Students

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This paper presents a study carried out to verify how the Undergraduate Research Experience during graduation influences the formation and the decision regarding the professional future of the engineering courses students. In order to reach this goal, a survey was prepared and sent to the students linked to research projects at the Engineering School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, followed by analyses based on the answers obtained. It can be noticed that most of the respondents believe that the scientific research experience contributes in a positive way to their formation and to their ability to learn, the mentors’ approach and mentory was also assessed as positive. However, the majority of the interviewees do not intend to pursue an academic career. It is concluded that the scientific research helped the students to become more critical and allowed them to broaden their knowledge about the topics studied.



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