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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Katherine P. Dabney and Robert H. Tai
The underrepresentation of women in physics doctorate programs and in tenured academic positions indicates a need to evaluate what may influence their career choice and persistence. This qualitative paper examines eleven females in physics doctoral programs and professional science positions in order to provide a more thorough understanding of why and how women make career choices based on aspects both inside and outside of school and their subsequent interaction. Results indicate that female physicists experience conflict in achieving balance within their graduate school experiences and personal lives and that this then influences their view of their future careers and possible career choices. Female physicists report both early and long-term support outside of school by family, and later departmental support, as being essential to their persistence within the field. A greater focus on informal and out-of-school science activities for females, especially those that involve family members, early in life may help influence their entrance into a physics career later in life. Departmental support, through advisers, mentors, peers, and women's support groups, with a focus on work-life balance can help females to complete graduate school and persist into an academic career.
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Education - Applied Research
- Careers
Education - Basic Research
- Sample Population
= Gender: Female
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.010115
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1010935
0440002
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01.40.-d
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Metadata instance created May 7, 2013 by Adrian Madsen
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May 7, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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K. Dabney and R. Tai, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9 (1), 010115 (2013), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.010115).
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K. Dabney and R. Tai, Female physicist doctoral experiences Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9 (1), 010115 (2013), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.010115>.
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Dabney, K., & Tai, R. (2013, April 10). Female physicist doctoral experiences. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 9(1), 010115. Retrieved August 21, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.010115
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Dabney, Katherine, and Robert Tai. "Female physicist doctoral experiences." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9, no. 1, (April 10, 2013): 010115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.010115 (accessed 21 August 2014).
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Dabney, Katherine, and Robert Tai. "Female physicist doctoral experiences." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9.1 (2013): 010115. 21 Aug. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.9.010115>.
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