Welcoming People, Awesome Atmosphere, ACCESS Family by Vanessa Hernandez-Cruz

July 17, 2018 donez 0

The ACCESS assembly like no other experience. I had never grown close to people that I have never met before so quick. The atmosphere was filled with good vibes and the people were very encouraging. Being an assembly fellow, I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful, positive, and motivated people involved in physics. After talking to many attendees from the assembly, we all were able to learn more about access network. Towards the beginning Read More

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Reflection on the 2018 Access Assembly by Mookpolo Wait

July 12, 2018 donez 0

My name is Mookpolo Wait and I was in the IMPRESS summer program in 2017. I attended the Access Network Assembly for the first time at Boulder, Colorado. It was a very good experience and I learned a lot during the conference. There are so many things that I took away with me at the conference. I attended the first workshop and it was advisory board. This workshop allowed me to listen to all of Read More

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First Things First by Rachael Klaiss

July 5, 2018 donez 0

As a first-year graduate student at the University of Oregon, I’ve had a lot of “firsts” over the past year, including being a first-year attendee of the ACCESS Assembly. I became involved with the UO site, The North Star Project, last summer as a way to start integrating myself into the department and my research group. It was a cute parallel; I was using a summer program for incoming freshman to be introduced to the Read More

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GPS Student-Leaders Co-Author letter to Editor

February 6, 2018 @ginaquan 0

Brianne Gutmann and Gloria Lee, student-leaders in Guidance for Physics Students (GPS) at UIUC, recently co-authored a letter to the Editor in Nature about graduate student mental health. They point out that recent discussions of mental health in graduate school have focused on student coping mechanisms, rather than addressing systemic features of academia that negatively impact mental health. You can read the post, Better mentoring stands to boost junior researchers’ mental health, by Roshni Bano, Brianne Gutmann, Read More

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SACNAS Reflection by Vanessa Hernandez-Cruz (Compass)

December 21, 2017 @ginaquan 0

During the SACNAS conference, many opportunities arose for summer internships and research. As a first year, the conference was very motivating and eye-opening to the opportunities available. Being exposed to the many opportunities, it helped frame a potential path for my upcoming summers. I was able to network throughout the conference, and I made connections that may be very beneficial for my future. Furthermore, I was able to gain mentorship regarding successful interview skills. During Read More

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SACNAS Reflection by Arcelia Hermosillo Ruiz (Compass)

December 4, 2017 @ginaquan 0

Attending the SACNAS conference was a wonderful experience professionally and academically. I had the opportunity to present research I did this past summer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. While presenting this research project, I practiced my science communication skills and met professors and researchers who were interested in learning more about my interests and future goals. I even got the “best poster presentation award” in physics/astronomy for the second time! The professors I met ranged Read More

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SACNAS Reflection by Francine Gabriela Morales (Compass)

November 28, 2017 @ginaquan 0

Prior to attending SACNAS I had many doubts on if pursuing a STEM field was still right for me. There is a huge lack of diversity in STEM Majors at UC Berkeley, so it was very easy for me to feel alone and isolated. Being able to attend SACNAS completely turned me around and helped me push the feelings and negative thoughts of Imposter Syndrome out of my head. At SACNAS, I was able to Read More

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SACNAS Reflection by Damerrick Perry (Polaris)

November 21, 2017 @ginaquan 0

SACNAS 2017 has by far been one of the best college experiences I’ve ever had. It was my first science conference, and I gained much more than I ever expected I would. Throughout my time here, I have heard personal stories from entrepreneurs, scientists, and academics that were truly inspiring. One of the most touching stories was hearing about Tyrone Hayes, who successfully proved that exposure to atrazine did in fact have adverse health effects, Read More

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SACNAS Reflection by Edgar Ibarra (Compass)

November 14, 2017 @ginaquan 0

I attended the 2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM conference for the first time thanks to funding from the Access Network, and I had an amazing experience! I met many graduate school recruiters who were eager to have me in their programs, and they gave me advice in order to be a competitive applicant. All the attention towards me as a graduating senior made me feel special and it boosted my confidence about applying to Read More

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