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  Session: PER: Diverse Investigations
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Physics Graduate Retention at The Ohio State University
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:10PM
  Author: Amber Byrum,,
8656174961, byrum.37@osu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Andrew Heckler, Alison Koenka, Christopher Porter, Hanna Lafranconi
  Abstract: In an effort to improve retention, student experience, and diversity in graduate physics courses and programs, we are conducting a longitudinal study that examines cognitive and motivational factors through surveys, interviews, and focus groups. We also aim to identify how gender, ethnicity, and academic achievement relate to student experience, student success, and retention for graduate students in physics at The Ohio State University. Here we report on data from the first year of survey data administered to two groups of graduate students (44 total): those enrolled in the core physics courses (typically first and second year students) and those who have completed the core courses but have not completed the candidacy exam. They surveys consist of 100+ items including a number of validated scales measuring cognitive factors relevant to retention and the student experience. The results provide evidence of significant gender differences in measures such as belonging, satisfaction, and cost.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: 2017AAPTGradRetentionV2.pptx

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