The Effects Of Motivation On Perceived Stress: A Study Of Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Students At The University Of Texas At Austin
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There are not enough science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates to fill the U.S.’s STEM workforce. In fact, graduation rates for STEM degrees are decreasing. To counteract issues with student persistence in STEM, it is important to look at relationships among malleable predictors of persistence. Toward this goal, and given that stress is a predictor for persistence, I studied the relationship between motivation and stress in engineering students. In my study of 180 undergraduate biomedical engineering (BME) students at The University of Texas at Austin, I found that amotivation was positively correlated with perceived stress for male students and underclassmen. Breaking down amotivation into its constituent parts, competence, autonomy, and relatedness, results suggest that it is important to begin considering what changes can be made to develop skills to reduce feelings of incompetence, and improve students’ sense of autonomy and community in the male and underclassmen BME populations.