Yep, women who perform the same as men perform don’t feel they are as capable of doing physics. Continue reading Who feels more capable of doing physics: women with “A”s or men with “C”s? The answer probably won’t surprise you.
Getting a group of instructors together to grade can be difficult, but it seems to be worth the hassle. Continue reading Buy the pizza, have the grading party
Students of various levels have difficulties determining the energy of a quantum state. Continue reading What do students think about measuring the energy of a quantum state?
The GRE: great at acting as a barrier to underrepresented groups, not so good as a predictor of completing graduate school. Continue reading The GRE: what is it good for?
Null results are often not published, but can provide useful results. Continue reading When finding nothing is a result
Explicitly and implicitly recognizing students are physicists can help them identify as physicists. Continue reading You seem like a physicist
Students are often unfamiliar with sizes and distances of astronomical objects. Today’s study compares student knowledge about this topic at different educational levels. Continue reading How far is far? Investigating students’ knowledge about distance to astronomical objects
The men and women earn equal STEM grades but men have higher variability in those grades. This isn’t enough to explain why there are more men in STEM. Continue reading Not enough variation to explain the gender gap
Physics is less diverse than other physical sciences. Do graduate school admission processes contribute to this? Continue reading What matters when applying to graduate school and how it impacts diversity
Labs have been a standard part of the physics curriculum. Today’s paper suggests that labs don’t help students develop physics knowledge beyond what is already covered in other parts of the course. Continue reading Extra! Extra! Physics labs seem to be extra.