The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and American Institute of Physics (AIP) Announces Paper Award for “Narratives of the Double Bind: Intersectionality in Life Stories of Women of Color in Physics”

January 28, 2013

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CAMBRIDGE, MA– The American Association of Physics Teachers, in partnership with the American Institute of Physics (AIP), has awarded the Beyond the Double Bind research team with the 2012 Physics Education Research Conference (PERC) Proceedings Paper Award. Their winning paper was announced during the 2013 AAPT January meeting and included in the published meeting proceedings.

The team presented “Narratives of the Double Bind: Intersectionality in Life Stories of Women of Color in Physics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy” by Lily Ko, Rachel Kachchaf, Maria (Mia) Ong (PI, Beyond the Double Bind) and Apriel Hodari (Co-PI, Council for Opportunity in Education) at the 2012 PERC/AIP Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their paper was selected for the PERC Proceedings Paper Award after a peer-review process.

“On behalf of the team, we are delighted to have been selected for this award,” says Mia Ong, Principal Investigator of Beyond the Double Bind. “Our paper critically examines narratives on how the intersection of gender and race affects performance, identity, persistence, and overall career and education experiences in the physical sciences and engineering. We hope that this research will support knowledge and strategic initiatives for attracting and retaining the hitherto-untapped population of women of color in STEM professions.”

“Narratives of the Double Bind: Intersectionality in Life Stories of Women of Color in Physics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy” is available to AIP members as well as non-members for purchase at proceedings.aip.org.

About Beyond the Double Bind 
Beyond the Double Bind: Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematicsis an empirical research study funded by the National Science Foundation. Initiated in August 2009 with Co-PI Apriel Hodari of the Council for Opportunity in Education, Beyond the Double Bind is analyzing written and oral narratives of women of color in physics, astrophysics, astronomy, computer science, and engineering, and the higher education programs that support their success. This project identifies and describes individual and programmatic factors that sustain women of color in STEM fields, institutional strategies and support structures that help them to succeed, and social and pedagogic elements that influence their educational experiences. By producing an expanded knowledge base about success factors for retaining women of color, the research aims to enhance efforts to broaden their overall participation rates in STEM professions and transform understanding of the challenges women of color face as they work towards their educational and career objectives.