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Percentage of Under-Represented Minorities in Physics
Credit: APS/Source: IPEDS Completion Survey
This graph shows the percentage of under-represented minorities (URMs) in physics compared to the percentage of URMs in the U.S. college age population and among all bachelor degrees awarded.
The National Mentoring Community (NMC) is an effort by the APS to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who complete Bachelor’s degrees in physics. The statistics of participation by African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in physics are appalling. Physics ranks the lowest at all levels of participation among science and mathematical fields.
The NMC is identifying mentors throughout the country who can establish a personal relationship with students and provide them with guidance and support as they navigate their academic careers. Mentees will be identified by mentors, and the program will provide support to help mentees and mentors get the most out of their relationship.
The program also sponsors an annual meeting that brings together students and their mentors to provide professional development activities, share ideas, and build relationships. The project is also planning on developing a needs-based scholarship fund that mentors can call on to assist physics students in financial need.
APS staff and members of the APS Committee on Minorities lead the project, with generous support from APS donors.
APS invites faculty members to become mentors in the NMC program.
Learn how to become a mentee in the NMC program.
The 2016 National Mentoring Community Conference will be held October 21 through 23 at the University of Houston.
A brand new newsletter that includes information about the NMC program, mentoring and mentoring research, highlights the annual conference, and features NMC Mentors and Mentees.
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