more with other students on my campus too. I guess being [at the Conference] has helped me develop some of my social skills.
—Female graduate student, 2005
Students listed as among the top goals for attending the conference.
• Meeting with Black/Hispanic Faculty
• Meeting with other Black/Hispanic students
• Learning about further physics study
• Meeting with recruiters
• Hearing research talks
Faculty programming focuses on development and support of graduate students, post-docs and junior faculty.
A comment from the 2011 meeting initiated a reflective pause.
Where are the Hispanic physicists our age?
—First-year, male faculty member at an RI university
But a quick calculation showed that the 32 faculty and post-docs at the meeting accounted for nearly a fifth of the Hispanic physicists in academia.
Joint Meeting with SACNAS
The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science is one of the oldest and most dynamic societies devoted to minority students and faculty. It has one of the largest gatherings of students at any national meeting. The physics presence has steadily grown since NSHP began meeting with SACNAS in 2004.
SACNAS has a strong emphasis on programming for students and for junior faculty. And though we (NSHP) promote the study of physics, the mentoring at the meeting crosses disciplines.
The SACNAS 2011 Annual meeting brought in over 3600 participants, of which 1600 identified themselves as female (about 20% of the attendees declined to complete the demographics information) and 1500 of the participants identified themselves as Chicano/Latino/Hispanic.
Joint Meetings with Other Societies
In order to better reach students, NSHP meets with other societies as time and resources allow. Our principle focus at these other meetings is to reach our students and to promote our mission to the mainstream physic community. We have joined with the American Association of Physics Teachers twice at national meetings and annually with regional sections of the American Physical Society, primarily the Texas section (TSAPS) and the Southeast section (SESAPS).
Promoting Inclusive Pedagogies
One of the aims of NSHP at the Joint meeting is to bring in greater understanding of the work being done in Physics Education Research (PER) to the NSBP/NSHP community as a way to improve and strengthen the pedagogy of the undergraduate curriculum at HBCUs and MSIs.