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Abstract Title: The Experiences of Women in Post Graduate Physics and Astronomy Programs: The Roles of Support, Career Goals, and Gendered Experiences
Abstract: In physics and astronomy the low representation of women is apparent from undergraduate students to full professors. Women often experience chilly climates, discrimination, and challenges with work-life balance. In the literature exploring this topic, little focus is put on the experiences of graduate students. This project addresses this by using in-depth in-person interviews with graduate student women in astronomy and physics. In all there are 21 participants from three institutions of higher education. Results indicate that peer support and mentoring by faculty or post doctorate associates were critical for these women's success. Many of the women describe micro aggressions towards them because of their genders; in a few cases women experience overt sexual harassment and in one case physical danger. Largely, these women want to pursue non-academic or teaching-oriented academic professions which they perceive as being more accommodating to a work-life balance.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ramon Barthelemy
University of Michigan
and Co-Presenter(s)
Melinda McCormick
Charles Henderson

Contributed Paper

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