Envisioning an Ideal Departmental Community

February 10, 2021 Brianne Gutmann 1

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 contribute their ideas as well. Ten distinct individuals submitted one or more characteristics of their ideal department. The working group Read More

How to write a blog post

January 10, 2021 Morgan.Aire 0

Hello! Welcome to a basic instruction sheet on how to write a blog post. Here, you will find guidelines for writing a blog post, general information, and ideas for writing.  Enjoy! General information We would ideally like to have one blog post a month.  Each site is responsible for at least one blog post a year. This can be done either by the Network Fellow or another member of the site.  To sign up for Read More

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Access Network in the 2020 PERC Proceedings

November 5, 2020 Gina Quan 0

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 students and faculty who advocate for equity work in the physical sciences. This paper uses McGee and Bentley’s framework of Read More

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Access Network in the 2019 PERC Proceedings

February 17, 2020 @ginaquan 0

Several members of Access recently had a paper and poster accepted to the 2019 proceedings of the Physics Education Research Conference (PERC). PERC is an annual conference attached to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Summer Meeting. Our paper gives an overview of the Access Network and shares some evidence that Access activities are supporting some of our goals. We are grateful for the members of Access who were willing to share their experiences Read More

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ASU Sundial Visit

September 18, 2019 kingles22 0

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 so that they have a stronger sense of community and a reliable toolset to tackle their first year of college. 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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