Henderson State University
APS Bridge Program Intern
American Physical Society
In a time where diversity and privilege are being underscored with events around the nation, the plight of underrepresented minority(URM) students becomes more prevalent. Diversity of background and culture is necessary in the research community as that diversity will drive the inclusion of different ideas and techniques for exploring and learning about the past, present, and future. With many studies evaluating how to increase the number of URM students attending and graduating from colleges and universities with a bachelor's degree, one question still remains. How can we also improve the quality and quantity of these same students that pursue a post-baccalaureate degree? And more specifically, how do we increase the number of URM students attaining a Ph.D. in Physics? While there are programs, such as the APS Bridge Program, all ready in place to assist in reaching these students, the knowledge of these programs is lacking in many of the colleges and universities that are graduating the highest number of URM students in physics. The focus of this discussion is how to increase the distribution of materials, raise awareness of the bridge program, and solicit highly qualified URM applicants to the APS Bridge Program.
I’m graduating from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in May of 2020 with a Degree in Engineering. I have been accepted to several graduate schools. I am currently in the decision process as to which I will be attending. With a future firmly planted in Academia and reaching out to help future generations in their pursuit of knowledge, I look forward to the opportunity to work with the AIP Bridge Program in their efforts to provide an opportunity to Under-Represented Minorities for pursuing Ph.D. studies.
Having traveled down life’s road for many years, I have had the privilege of encountering a wide variety of people and faced many difficulties along the way. Because of these life experiences, I have found a love of promoting knowledge and helping to provide motivation along that road. Having been a tutor, a research assistant, and serving on the national council for the Society of Physics students, my love for Physics and those pursuing research and innovation within that field has grown tremendously, and I know that passion will carry me forward in helping the Bridge Program in its future endeavors.