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Table 2 Positive perception responses among students, as well as overall perception score and those stratified by different students’ characteristics

From: Perception, attitude, practice and barriers towards medical research among undergraduate students

PerceptionPositive responses
Enhances critical thinking516 (99.4%)
Enhances knowledge515 (99.4%)
Enhancing career prospect513 (98.8%)
Overall score, mean ± SD4.35 ± 0.57
Stratified by students’ characteristicsMean ± SDP-value
SexMale4.29 ± 0.670.13
Female4.38 ± 0.51
Age18–214.35 ± 0.570.54
22–254.46 ± 0.53
25+4.25 ± 0.50
Class standingSophomore4.43 ± 0.530.08
Junior4.29 ± 0.56
Senior4.34 ± 0.60
GPA< 70%4.15 ± 0.590.38
70–78%4.33 ± 0.58
79–85%4.33 ± 0.49
86–90%4.39 ± 0.55
> 90%4.45 ± 0.76
MajorAgriculture/Nutrition4.40 ± 0.540.15
Math/physics4.30 ± 0.56
Biology4.38 ± 0.57
Chemistry4.19 ± 0.74
Environmental heath/Nursing4.34 ± 0.52
Othera4.50 ± 0.45
PremedicalYes4.40 ± 0.590.06
No4.31 ± 0.55
MRVP participationYes4.49 ± 0.580.22
No4.38 ± 0.54
Other previous/current research experienceYes4.42 ± 0.490.43
No4.35 ± 0.57
  1. aThe “Other” section includes the following majors: psychology, political sciences, education, mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer and communications engineering and chemical engineering