Increasing Minority Participation in Physics: Modeling Proven Success

3/7/2014; 10 minutes

The fractions of Bachelor's and PhD degrees in Physics and Astronomy earned by African Americans has declined over the past decade, to only 3% and 1% respectively; the latter is an order of magnitude below the overall population. This has major implications on public's valuation of science, access to scientific careers, and our nation's ability to compete in a global R&D environment. In this talk Adam Burgasser highlights the qualities of successful programs that have significantly increased the participation of African Americans in Physics and Astronomy, and explain how these are integrated in the UCSD-Morehouse UC-HBCU Summer Bridge Program in Physics starting in 2014. (#27972)

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