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Abstract Title: Understanding graduate school selection process in prospective students' perspectives
Abstract: The admission process guiding entry to graduate education is complicated for some students. Also, going to a graduate school can require adjusting to the new social environment. Additionally, graduate school is a commitment in terms of time and integrity towards graduate course-work and research. So, undergraduate students often compare multiple factors before making graduate school decisions. Understanding graduate school decision making in prospective students' perspectives is important for departments to attract potential graduate students and support their graduate cohort.

In this study, we identify undergraduate physics majors interested in graduate physics education from our recent admissions survey, and study their motivations to graduate education, and what criteria are considered important by them in their graduate school selection. Further, we examine how these students perceive the importance of different admission criteria for a successful application, and compare those with faculty perceptions. We further study these questions for subsamples of under-represented racial groups in physics.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Researching Graduate Education in Physics: From Aspiration to Dissertation
Parallel Session: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Deepa Chari
STEM Transformation Institute, Florida International University
Miami, FL
and Co-Presenter(s)
Geoff Potvin