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Abstract Title: Tracking Graduate Admissions During COVID-19: Year Two
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: Over the past three years, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly all aspects of global society, with severe impacts on many people around the world. In 2020, supported by [redacted], we initiated a study to document and understand how COVID-19 has affected graduate admissions in physics, with a focus on the ways in which students and departments have been impacted.  In this paper, we report on the second year of this study, which collected data from the 2020-2021 admissions cycle.  We collected survey data from Directors of Graduate Study (DGS) and from students who applied to physics graduate school in this cycle (including students who did and did not begin graduate school in 2021), as well as conducted follow-up interviews with students and faculty to better understand the breadth of the experiences of individuals. Three themes emerged from this second year of data: shifts in international/domestic representation, program resilience as a key distinguishing feature during COVID, and student experiences in 2021.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-31

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christopher D Porter
Department of Physics, The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 6149005554
and Co-Presenter(s)
Geoff Potvin (he/him/his), Department of Physics, Florida International University
Galen Pickett (he/him/his), Physics & Astronomy Department, California State University Long Beach