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Abstract Title: Supporting undergraduate facilitators to strengthen physics outreach programs
Abstract: Undergraduate students are a critical resource for university-community partnerships designed to provide enriching learning opportunities for students who have limited exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). University physics departments who offer outreach programs are often dependent upon undergraduate facilitators to run successfully; however, there is minimal research on this population relative to the youth populations for which outreach programs are designed. Our study investigates the experiences and perspectives of women and non-binary undergraduates who supported The STEMinist Program, an afterschool program designed to engage girls and non-binary youth (ages 9-18) in discussions and explorations with female-identifying scientists and engineers. Analysis of interviews from 13 undergraduate facilitators suggest that educational programs designed for youth may be just as valuable for undergraduate facilitators. These findings can be used to inform physics outreach program development and strengthen the potential benefits of program participation for undergraduates as well as youth participants.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: 1.C4

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Devon M Christman
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ali Muller (University of California Santa Barbara)
Mallory Rice (San Fransico State University)
Fatima Soto-Apolinar (University of California Santa Barbara)
Diana Arya (University of California Santa Barbara)
Sarah Hirsch (University of California Santa Barbara)