Astronomy Colloquium for 2017-05-10

Series: Astronomy Colloquium
Date: Wednesday 10-May-2017
Time: 16:05-17:00 (4:05-5:00 pm)
Location: CSS 2400
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Rudolph (Cal Poly Pomona)
Title: Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE: Engaging Underrepresented Students in Physics and Astronomy

The level of participation by underrepresented minority (URM) and female students in physics and astronomy PhD programs is shamefully low (2-4% for URM v. 30% in the general population; 20% for women v. 50% in the general population). I will begin by discussing research into why these participation rates are so low for these groups, highlighting role the physics and general GRE tests play in suppressing diversity in our field, while providing little to no benefit in helping predict long-term success. I will describe some alternative methods of conducting graduate admissions, including the role of programs like Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE.

I will then describe these two California-wide, multi-institutional programs, Cal-Bridge and CAMPARE, with the common mission of increasing participation of underrepresented minorities and women in astronomy and physics through summer research opportunities, in the case of CAMPARE, scholarships in the case of Cal-Bridge, and significant mentoring and professional development in both programs, leading to an increase in their numbers completing bachelorís degrees, and successfully pursuing a PhD in these fields.

Colloquia are usually preceded by espresso and ice cream at 1:45 pm outside room PSC 1150 and are followed by an informal reception at 5:15 pm in that room. Anyone interested in talking with the speaker, or being added to the colloquium announcement email list, should contact the colloquium organizer. Lunch will normally be reserved for the speaker to talk to graduate students.

Colloquium Organizer: Prof. Stuart Vogel


Special accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be made by calling (301) 405-3001. It would be appreciated if we are notified at least one week in advance.


Directions and information about parking can be found here.

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