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Abstract Title: Supporting Undergraduate Physics Students who are the Guardians of a Minor
Abstract: Parents or guardians who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in physics have many barriers to their success. In this paper, I explore the possibility of extending the standard notions of student support systems to include classroom practices which have enabled undergraduate students to succeed and thrive while pursuing their degree. I ask: Can physics departments be supportive of students with dependent children, and if so, how? By studying students who have/are thriving in physics, engineering, math and computer science undergraduate degree programs around the United States, the author examines strategies that administrators and faculty use to make their departments supportive and inclusive for student parents. The paper describes the non-traditional challenges physics undergraduates who are the guardians of minors can face, as well as the support systems that may be created, and policies and practices that ensure their success.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Prosperity, Family and Identity: Learning From What Helps Women of Color Thrive
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rose Young
St. Mary's College of Maryland