Professor Presents about Diversity in Physics at AAPT Meeting
Published on August 12, 2021
Associate Professor of Physics Roberto Ramos, PhD, recently gave three presentations at the 2021 Virtual Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), an organization which has over 10,000 members across 30 countries.
Dr. Ramos’ first presentation was entitled “Student Storytelling of Physicist Profiles to Promote Physics and Diversity.” This presentation was one of six that were part of the larger session “Physics Education Research: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.”
Dr. Ramos discussed how he has integrated student storytelling into his courses. He shared that he received an “enthusiastic response” from students upon hearing stories of minority and women physicists. He explained that storytelling enhances student interaction and self-identity among under-represented groups.
Dr. Ramos’ second presentation was a recorded talk on “Lessons from Student-Led Virtual Physics Outreach Efforts During the Pandemic” in which he shared advice that led to multiple virtual K-12 STEM outreach programs in the local Philadelphia community during the pandemic.
Finally, Dr. Ramos presented a poster titled “A Virtual Physics Camp For Middle School Girls during COVID.” where he shared how he was able to adapt the annual Physics Wonder Girls camp to a virtual format. For the virtual camp, Dr. Ramos and four USciences physics students used physics camp kits to engage a cohort of 30 middle school students.