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Physics and Astronomy
Project Proposal

Equity and Engagement in STEM Undergraduate Research

David Bradley (Physics and Astronomy)

This project will collect and examine demographic data and student/faculty survey data to determine current levels of equity and engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate research programs such as URSI and DIR. The project will also explore possible improvements to increase this equity and engagement. Methods will include both qualitative and quantitative approaches, and will be well-grounded in science education research. Students interested in applying should be interested in science and issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Students who are members of groups historically underrepresented or underserved in the sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

Pre-requisites:

Required: at least one Vassar science course

Recommended: at least one course in the Social Sciences dealing with inequity and social justice

How should students express their interest in this project? Students should stop by Professor Bradley's office hours (M+R 2-3pm) PRIOR to submitting their URSI application to discuss the project and their interest in applying. Students who have class during these times should e-mail David Bradley at dabradley@vassar.edu  a few times that they are available, and we will work to find a time when we can meet.