Photonics for Quantum 2 - Shared screen with speaker view
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Rik van Gorsel
For Jody Burks: when you do educational events, students are excited. Is there common thread(s) in the aptitudes of the educators - and have often encouraged students - who have invited you?
I think that the educators that have invited speakers have excitement about the topic and technology, but also have had the opportunity were to connect with industry speakers via technology communities. That’s another piece of the puzzle to student excitement and engagement - opportunity. A one-way talk is very different than a hands-on lab with real examples, which is different than an opportunity to attend a hands-on summer school session.
Rik van Gorsel
following up on Eleanor Rieffel: one should not hesitate to ask male colleagues who are on conference committees to invite people of underrepresented groups. Instead of having to do the service-work oneself to effectuate that
I have a suggestion: could this wonderful zoom group form itself into something that meets regularly (say once every two months). And start by contacting the institution-specific ``women in science’’ or ``women in tech’’ groups to find a liaison. Then we can think about taking steps to achieve some of these goals we are talking about. Does this sound possible?
For the whole panel: how can universities mitigate economic barriers for BIPOC students interested in entering graduate programs (for example, fees for taking the GRE) ?
I agree. Regularly chatting with more experienced researchers can be very helpful for younger ones. A lot of girls in Physics regularly go through imposter syndrome due to biased treatment. So, although it will take a long time to educate everyone from bottoms up, this might help in the mean time.
If you are interested in graduate programs in mathematics, there is an organization called Math Alliance https://www.mathalliance.org/ for women and minorities interested in mathematical science. There are Universities that partner with this organization, and these school waive application fees.
Tony Xu Zhou
I have questions about recruiting female students to do grad school. Can I unmute and describe my questions?
Those were great answers, thank you so much!
Answering Tony’s question: The most important thing is making sure the student hears that suggestion — women students especially are not going to just assume they are good enough.
In computer science, attending the Grace Hopper Conference can make a world-changing difference to women students, to see so many people like them being successful in the field.
This strong bias that women are not good at maths discourages women in physics from taking up theoretical research.
Tony: Consider implementing a mentoring plan that starts with an initial conversation about potential career pathways for all students. Take notes and revisit every year with the student.
Also, for undergrads in the US, summer research experiences sponsored by NSF can be important for giving an introduction to what research and grad school are like.
Tony Xu Zhou
Thank you all for the advice and suggestions!
One more: there is a book called ``unlocking the clubhouse’’ that describes ways to change an undergraduate CS program to retain women students. Most of it applies to any STEM field.
Problem is, a lot of these undergrad research experiences pick selected students. If we want to increase awareness of fields, we need to have more events that include students regardless of background or experience such as facility tours or something that shows them what the work is like
I think working with on campus diversity organizations to increase awareness would also be a helpful idea.