July 29, 2019 to August 2, 2019
Northeastern University
US/Eastern timezone

Efforts to improve inclusion and diversity in Physics

Aug 1, 2019, 4:30 PM
Shillman 415 (Northeastern University)

Shillman 415

Northeastern University

Oral Presentation Diversity & Inclusion Diversity & Inclusion


Dr Brian Beckford (University of Michigan)


The number of bachelor's and doctoral degrees in physics and astronomy earned each year continues on an upward trend. Despite that, degrees earned by underrepresented minority (URM) groups still accounts for a small percentage of those degrees, with an overall downward trend for Black$/$African-American students. National societies such as the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) have acknowledged there must be action taken to improve the situation. APS has started the National Mentoring Network, the APS Bridge Program, sponsored the CuWiP conferences, and published the LGBT climate in physics report. AIP has recently launched the TEAM-UP Task Force to investigate the reasons for the persistent underrepresentation of African American undergraduate students in physics and astronomy.

This presentation will recap levels of representation in physical sciences and discuss current national efforts aimed at improving diversity and inclusion in physics.

Primary author

Dr Brian Beckford (University of Michigan)

Presentation materials