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Abstract Title: The effect of departmental policies on physics graduate students’ self-efficacy and persistence.
Abstract: Graduate attrition is a persistent phenomenon in all STEM fields. In physics, four out of ten students will end up not completing their graduate degrees. Previous studies found that students' entering academic ability is not related to attrition. This study shifts the focus on the effect of supportive departmental policies. In particular, we examine whether experiencing a supportive graduate program leads to higher self-efficacy ratings, better expectations of career outcomes upon the completion of their degree, and intention to persist. We use a mixed-methods study approach, collecting data from physics graduate students, chairs and/or graduate advisors from 18 physics graduate programs across the U.S. In this poster, we present the preliminary quantitative results from students' responses on the survey. The goal of this study is to create recommendations for policymakers in physics graduate programs that can better support students and result in increased retention.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C18
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Diana Sachmpazidi
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: 9893306487
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charles Henderson