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Abstract Title: On the Road to Becoming a Physicist: Signposts and Detours
Abstract: The sociocultural process of becoming a physicist involves the development of a student's identity that is influenced in part through social interactions. For example, interactions with faculty can lead to professional opportunities but they also shape students' understanding of what it means to be a physicist. While interactions in the physics academic community are essential to the development of a physicist identity, their identity is also shaped outside of classes and school. As part of a larger study to understand the development of physicist identities, we interviewed four female physics majors about events that each found influential to their experiences in achieving a B.S. in physics. We coded the interview transcripts for emergent themes including people with whom the student interacted, positive or negative affect prompted by interactions, and the context of the interaction.  Through this exploratory study, we highlight the ways in which their identity development trajectories are shaped.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Sissi L. Li
California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, CA 92831
and Co-Presenter(s)
Michael E. Loverude, California State University Fullerton