Urban Ecology has shown positive results, including students’ self-efficacy towards science, students’ ecological mindset, science interest, career planning, and work hope perceptions. Examples cited in the 2007 Annual report are listed below:
• Student self-efficacy toward science and students’ ecological mindset showed statistically significant changes from the beginning to the end of the summer institute.
• Science interest did improve slightly, but the change was not statistically significant. However, when accounting for the high pre-test interest scores via more rigorous statistical analyses, the project did find significant increases, particularly for girls.
• Students’ career planning and work hope perceptions did improve markedly, but they did not improve at a statistically significant level.
An additional finding showed that the greater level of involvement that students had in the program, the higher their scores were when compared to their peers who did not participate in the program.
• Students who participated in the summer program, and participated in one of the projects in their classroom during the academic year had higher scores than their peers on science interest and career scales. Unfortunately, the number of students in the summer program was too low for a statistical analysis of the data to have validity.