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Abstract Title: Gender gaps in upper division physics courses at the Colorado School of Mines
Abstract: In previous work, we replicated studies of gender gaps in introductory physics courses using the Colorado School of Mines general population.  CSM also has one of the largest collections of physics majors in the country, providing us with an opportunity to extend our work into non-introductory courses, including longitudinal tracking in some cases.    While our introductory courses are taught in a Studio physics mode, the other courses in our physics major are mostly traditional.  In this poster, we report on the character of the gender gaps in courses throughout our physics major.   Performance gaps are small or non-existent throughout the major, consistent with results from introductory Mines physics courses.   On many occasions, women outperform men on homework assignments.    Despite this generally strong showing, females remain underrepresented among physics majors as compared to the general Mines science and engineering population.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Patrick Kohl
Colorado School of Mines
1523 Illinois St.
Department of Physics
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-2303
and Co-Presenter(s)
Patrick B. Kohl, Colorado School of Mines Department of Physics

Vince Kuo, Colorado School of Mines Department of Physics