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Mentoring Undergraduate Physics Majors at a Hispanic Serving Institution
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 6:00 PM -6:45 PM
  Author: Laird Kramer, Florida International University
3053486073, Laird.Kramer@fiu.edu
  Co-Author(s): David Jones , Eric Brewe
  Abstract: We present an overview of the undergraduate physics learning community at Florida International University. The number of intended and declared physics majors at FIU has increased by 1500%, when comparing three-year averages to the early 1990s. This is most compelling as FIU is a minority-serving urban public research institution in Miami, serving more than 42,000 students, of which 60% are Hispanic, 12% are Black, and 56% are women. We attribute this dramatic growth to a number of factors, including strategic mentoring activities integrated into our programs. This poster will highlight the mentoring activities within FIU's Physics Department, how those strategies integrate into other research-based approaches, and how multiple faculty have developed into effective student mentors.
  Footnotes: Supported by NSF Award # PHY-0802184.
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