Dr. Hudgings’ blog will focuses on creating a thriving undergraduate program in physics in which women can excel. The answer in part is to create an outstanding undergraduate physics program, period, but that by itself is not sufficient for women students to thrive
Highlights of Dr. Hudgings’ blog discussion:
o Despite rising number of bachelor’s degrees being awarded nationwide, the number of physics bachelor’s degrees awarded in the US is relatively stagnant.
o Furthermore, the fraction of those physics bachelor’s degrees awarded to women remains around 22% nationwide, with the pipeline leaking female talent most heavily at the undergraduate level.
-How do you create a thriving undergraduate physics program in which young women can not just succeed, but excel?
-What is the secret to this success?
-Outstanding teaching is essential to any successful physics program -Physics majors should work in research labs – “actually doing physics”
-Welcome factor – all students, including those traditionally underrepresented
o It can be very difficult for underrepresented groups of students, including women, students of color, community college transfer students, and low income students among others, to hear even heartfelt messages of belonging against a broader societal backdrop that is saying the opposite.
o Developing self-confident women physicists who are prepared to succeed in a competitive – and sometimes unfriendly – landscape
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About the Center for Excellence in Education
The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO), the U.S. Physics Team, and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). All of the Center’s programs are designed to assure U.S. innovation and competitiveness.