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July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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APS Minority Bridge Program: Overview, Findings and Directions
  Location: HC 3040
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 2:00 PM -2:30 PM
  Author: Peter Muhoro, APS
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Physics provides a fundamental foundation for nearly all major technical innovations, groundbreaking research, and policy recommendations. Physics also ranks at the bottom when considering the fraction of students completing either baccalaureate or doctoral degrees. In addition, the fraction of PhDs awarded to underrepresented minorities has not increased in the past decade despite the growing population of such groups. This talk will discuss some data on the current situation and describe a number of actions by the American Physical Society (APS) and its partnering organizations in addressing these issues, primarily the Minority Bridge Program, a new national initiative that seeks to dramatically increase the number of underrepresented minorities who receive PhDs in physics.
  Footnotes: None
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