The level of participation by underrepresented minority (URM) and female students in STEM PhD programs is low: in physics and astronomy URMs earn only 6% of PhDs v. 30% in the general population; women earn only 20% of PhDs v. 50% in the general population. I present research into why these participation rates are so low, highlighting the role admissions practices, including the use of GRE tests, play in preventing qualified applicants from underrepresented groups matriculating to PhD programs, as well as broader societal barriers to true diversity and inclusion in the academy. I will describe some alternative methods of conducting graduate admissions, including the role of programs like Cal-Bridge.
Speaker: Alexander Rudolph, California State Polytechnic Univ.
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