Finding a Fit: Biological Science Doctoral Students’ Selection of a Principal Investigator and Research Laboratory (LifeSciEd)

September 25, 2020

Framed by the theoretical concept of person–environment fit from within a socialization model, we use an inductive, qualitative approach to explore how a sample of 42 early-stage doctoral students enrolled in biological sciences programs made decisions about fitting with a PI and within a lab. Results illuminated a complex array of factors that students considered in selecting a PI, including PI relationship, mentoring style, and professional stability.

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