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Abstract Title: In search of distinct graduate admission strategies in physics: An exploratory study using topological data analysis
Abstract: Every year, graduate admissions processes determine which applicants are admitted to doctoral programs in physics around the country, and which are not.  Despite their importance, relatively little is known about how admissions decisions are made and the normative practices surrounding them. In the current work, we adapt topological data methods (general techniques for cluster identification and relation) to look for the existence of distinct admissions strategies that institutions use in their admissions decisions.  We analyze data drawn from a recent survey of faculty (graduate directors, etc) responsible for doctoral admissions, conducted in conjunction with the APS Bridge Program, which includes responses from individuals at over 75% of the doctoral-granting departments in the U.S.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jacqueline Doyle
Florida International University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Geoff Potvin, Florida International University