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In search of distinct graduate admission strategies in physics: An exploratory study using topological data analysis
written by Jacqueline Doyle and Geoff Potvin
Every year, graduate admissions processes determine which applicants are admitted to doctoral programs in physics around the country, and which are not. Despite their importance, relatively little is known about how admissions decisions are made and the normative practices surrounding them. In the current work, we adapt topological data methods (general techniques for cluster identification and relation) to look for the existence of distinct admissions strategies that institutions use in their admissions decisions. We analyze data drawn from a recent survey of faculty (graduate directors, etc) responsible for doctoral admissions, conducted in conjunction with the APS Bridge Program, which includes responses from individuals at over 85% of the active doctoral programs in the U.S. Our results suggest the existence of two distinct but similar groups of modest size, which differ in their strategies by their approach to the use of student grades and prior research experiences.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 107-110
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J. Doyle and G. Potvin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13847&DocID=4265).
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J. Doyle and G. Potvin, In search of distinct graduate admission strategies in physics: An exploratory study using topological data analysis, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13847&DocID=4265>.
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Doyle, J., & Potvin, G. (2015, July 29-30). In search of distinct graduate admission strategies in physics: An exploratory study using topological data analysis. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13847&DocID=4265
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Doyle, Jacqueline, and Geoff Potvin. "In search of distinct graduate admission strategies in physics: An exploratory study using topological data analysis." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13847&DocID=4265 (accessed 13 December 2017).
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Doyle, Jacqueline, and Geoff Potvin. "In search of distinct graduate admission strategies in physics: An exploratory study using topological data analysis." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 107-110 of PER Conference. 13 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13847&DocID=4265>.
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