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Abstract Title: Identifying Qualities of Physics Graduate Students Valued By Faculty
Abstract: We report on interviews of faculty at four different institutions who serve or have served on their program's graduate admissions committee to explore which qualities are valued in the admissions process and how their practice evaluates these qualities. Results show that, while traditional features such as programming knowledge are valued, non-cognitive qualities such as self-motivation and resiliency are also recognized as critically important. Furthermore, while faculty note that current admissions practices can identify traditional skills, they lack the ability to assess an applicants' non-cognitive traits. These results suggest that faculty make admissions decisions primarily based on criteria which are not always aligned with characteristics that faculty value in incoming graduate students.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C11
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lindsay Owens
Rochester Institute of Technology
84 Lomb Memorial Drive
GOS 08-3355
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: 513 910 6797
and Co-Presenter(s)
Benjamin M. Zwickl, Rochester Institute of Technology
Scott V. Franklin, Rochester Institute of Technology
Casey W. Miller, Rochester Institute of Technology

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