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Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:00pmVirtual Event
General Physics Colloquium, Professor Zahra Hazari, Florida International University
Title: STEP UP: Supporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics for Women
Host: Natasha Holmes
Abstract: In the US, nearly half of students taking physics in high school are women, but only a fifth of the students interested in physics majors in college are women. Given this persistent issue, the STEP UP project (www.stepupphysics.org) has launched a nationwide initiative in the US to mobilize and help high school physics teachers better engage women in physics by disrupting narrow perceptions of physics and promoting supportive classroom cultures. This talk will present some of the research evidence used by STEP UP to develop, test, and promote strategies that facilitate the physics identity development and future physics intentions of young women. These evidence-based strategies are being used by physics educators as part of the national campaign, which has grown to include a network of more than two thousand physics teachers, faculty, students, and community members, to inspire a new generation of women physicists. (Supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1720810, 1720869, 1720917, and 1721021).
This talk will be given via Zoom, and the link is emailed to the Physics listserv the week of the talk. If you are not on the listserv, please contact Sue Sullivan at email@example.com by Monday at 3:00 pm to request the link.