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What to expect at the virtual Access Assembly

By Mikayla Bulson, Hassan Hassan & Chandra Turpen  Every year the sessions at our annual Assembly are developed by student leaders (called Assembly Fellows) from all Access Sites (Chi-Sci Scholars at Chicago State Univ., Compass at Univ. of California Berkeley, CU-Prime at Univ. of Colorado Boulder, Equity Constellation at Univ. of Maryland, GPS at Univ. […]

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Envisioning an Ideal Departmental Community

At the 2020 Access Assembly, a subset of attendees formed a semester-long working group to discuss how departments can hold themselves accountable in creating equitable learning and research environments. This group met regularly to articulate their vision for an “ideal” departmental community, and through an asynchronous and anonymized process, invited Access members and alumni to

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Access Network in the 2020 PERC Proceedings

Several members of the Access Network recently published a paper in the 2020 Proceedings of the Physics Education Research Conference studying students in the network. Students’ exploring and refining their equity ethic within the Access Networkwritten by Fidel Amezcua, Gina M. Quan, and Chandra TurpenThe Access Network is an organization that supports vibrant interactions among

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ASU Sundial Visit

The Access Assembly made it possible for me to visit the ASU Sundial program for several days in order to learn about their summer program. Each year, the Sundial team works hard to put together a set of lessons and projects on an interesting topic (e.g. exoplanets) along with fun social activities for incoming freshmen

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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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