October 28th, 2015

me: abby

AMAZEBALLS no really this has literally made my year

Every year since 2009 I've demonstrated in Instrumentation lab in the autumn term. Instrumentation is a third/fourth year elective Physics course, and normally about half of the students also do the lab.

Every year we have between 10 and 30 students in the lab. Every year a percentage of them is female. At most, about a quarter of them. One abysmal year it was 5%.

This year, we have 14 students. Seven of them are female.

Seven. SEVEN. Half of this third-year lab is FEMALE. We have never even been close to parity before.

And they're good, too, all of the students. Some are stronger than others, of course, but overall the standard is high.

TL;DR: HALF MY PHYSICS STUDENTS ARE FEMALE. THIS IS AMAZING. I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT IT. THIS HAS PRETTY MUCH MADE MY YEAR IN TEACHING Y'ALL.

WIN \o/ \o/ \o/

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