Zeynep Tuna (she/her/hers)
APS Education & Diversity Intern
American Physical Society
In light of a global pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the efforts to stop Asian and Pacific Islander violence, it is more important now than ever to focus on making our physics community more diverse and inclusive. In order to succeed in this mission, we must better understand the rapidly-changing demographics of the field of physics. During my internship at APS, I had the opportunity to analyze the national physics education statistics based on race, ethnicity, and gender, observe improvements made in diversity and inclusion in physics year by year, and realize the further changes and improvements we need to make. This presentation will focus on how diversity and inclusion data for physics degrees is obtained, categorized, and presented so that the institutions and the community can make active decisions to reach racial and gender parity in the field of physics.
I am currently a junior at Bowdoin College, pursuing a double major in Physics and Computer Science. I am an international student from Istanbul, Turkey and I have attended the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where I had the opportunity to live and learn with peers from 60 different countries.
Even though I have always wanted to study physics, the close-knit physics community at my college was definitely a deciding factor. At Bowdoin, I co-lead Women in Physics, Girls Who Code, and the International Student Association. Throughout my life, I have been lucky to be a part of many amazing groups where I collaborated with exceptional people on community outreach and mentorship programs - encouraging more diversity and inclusion in STEM is my passion! I have no doubt that my time working with APS this summer will be as exciting and rewarding.