QuarkNet STEP UP: Careers in Physics

Lesson #2 in QuarkNet STEP UP Series on diversity and inclusion.

In this activity students examine profiles of professionals with physics degrees, assess their personal values in relation to a career in physics, and envision themselves in a physics career.


The research on this lesson shows improvement in students’ future physics intentions (e.g., majoring in physics in college or intending physics-related careers) in classes across the U.S. (N = 823). Figure 1 shows that both female and non-female students have positive gains from the lesson. In addition, the overall gains from the lesson across all students are positive. (Cheng et al., 2018)

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