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Abstract Title: Investigating Student Pathways at a Research University
Abstract: Michigan State University (MSU) has collected a wide body of data on students for over 10 years allowing for a robust, statistical picture to be painted of how students enter and exit the physics world. This data includes course grade, gender, ethnicity, student major choices, etc. and can help us paint a pathway of every student who has received a physics bachelor's degree at MSU. While this data set contains over 100,000 students who have taken math and physics courses at MSU only 2% of these students have declared a physics major and only 0.5% of students have gone on to graduate with a bachelors in physics. Students who declare physics and then move away from the major perform poorly in introductory courses and are demographically different from the typical physics graduate.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: John M. Aiken
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Potsdam, Non U.S. 14471
and Co-Presenter(s)
Marcos D. Caballero