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

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 […]

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Reflection on the 2018 Access Assembly by Mookpolo Wait

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

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First Things First by Rachael Klaiss

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

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GPS Student-Leaders Co-Author letter to Editor

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

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SACNAS Reflection by Vanessa Hernandez-Cruz (Compass)

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

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SACNAS Reflection by Arcelia Hermosillo Ruiz (Compass)

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

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