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Investigating experiences of a Black woman in physics and astronomy
written by Lisabeth M. Santana and Chandralekha Singh
This research focuses on the experiences of physics and astronomy graduate women of color. We conducted semi-structured, empathetic interviews to understand their experiences in their graduate program and how they navigate the physics department at a large research university, which is a predominantly white institution. The interviews are guided by critical race theory (CRT). We use CRT to examine how racial identities play a role in the obstacles faced by these women, including interactions with peers and faculty members. In this paper, we focus on the experiences of a Black woman in physics, Linda, to understand how her marginalized identities affected her experiences in physics during her undergraduate and graduate programs. The themes that emerged from Linda's interview include lack of support, more than just doing physics, and persistence in physics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 419-424
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Education - Basic Research
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- Societal Issues
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= Gender Issues
= Race Issues
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- Upper Undergraduate
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Metadata instance created September 7, 2022 by Lyle Barbato
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L. Santana and C. Singh, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16270&DocID=5639).
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L. Santana and C. Singh, Investigating experiences of a Black woman in physics and astronomy, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16270&DocID=5639>.
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Santana, L., & Singh, C. (2022, July 13-14). Investigating experiences of a Black woman in physics and astronomy. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved July 25, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16270&DocID=5639
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Santana, Lisabeth M., and Chandralekha Singh. "Investigating experiences of a Black woman in physics and astronomy." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, July 13-14, 2022. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16270&DocID=5639 (accessed 25 July 2024).
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Santana, Lisabeth M., and Chandralekha Singh. "Investigating experiences of a Black woman in physics and astronomy." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 419-424 of PER Conference. 25 July 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16270&DocID=5639>.
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