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Abstract Title: Examining undergraduate students' views of graduate admissions
Abstract: Students' perceptions of graduate admissions processes (e.g. concerns about high application costs, perceptions of biased decision-making, financial risks involved, etc) may significantly influence students' choices towards graduate school, including the possibility of not even applying because of perceived barriers, especially for students traditionally marginalized from graduate physics. For students who nonetheless apply to graduate school, decisions about which graduate degree to pursue (MS or PhD) and which graduate school to choose may be influenced by socio-economic factors, career expectations and interests, and prior academic and research experiences.  In this talk, we present the results of our analysis of the Post-Graduation Career Intentions (PGCI) survey.  The PGCI was developed to understand, amongst other things, upper division physics majors' perceptions about admissions practices and graduate education. This survey captured data from over 1000 physics majors in academic year 2016-2017 from across the U.S.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Multiple perspectives on graduate admissions and diversity in physics

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Geoff Potvin
Florida International University
STEM Transformation Institute
Miami, FL 33173
and Co-Presenter(s)
Deepa Chari, STEM Transformation Institute, Florida International University, Miami, FL

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