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Abstract Title: The Ideal Physics Graduate Student
Abstract: Graduate admissions is a gatekeeping process which requires a committee of faculty members to determine who should be offered admission to their MS/Ph.D. programs. In this study, we interviewed 15 faculty at three different institutions who currently serve or have served on their program's graduate admissions committee. The focus of this study was to understand what qualities faculty value in their graduate students by asking them to describe their ideal graduate student. These results reveal that non-cognitive qualities (e.g., self-motivation and resiliency) were highly valued, as were traditional features such as research experience. Knowing the qualities that faculty value sets the stage for incorporating these elements into the admissions process. Assessments of non-cognitive qualities have been shown to be unbiased toward underrepresented groups; their use could enhance equity in the admissions process while possibly improving the retention of admitted students.  (Supported by NSF-1633275)
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B62

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lindsay M Owens
Rochester Institute of Technology
85 Lomb Memorial Drive
GOS 08-3355
Phone: 5139106797
and Co-Presenter(s)
Benjamin Zwickl, Rochester Institute of Technology
Scott Franklin, Rochester Institute of Technology
Casey Miller, Rochester Institute of Technology