Assistant Professor of Physics David Schaffner and a number of Bryn Mawr students recently attended the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Plasma Physics meeting in Milwaukee, WI.
Schaffner was joined at the meeting by Emmeline Douglas-Mann '18, Leyla Fahim '18, Hayley Johnson '18, Codie Fiedler Kawaguchi '18, and Ph.D. candidate Carlos Cartagena.
Having so many Bryn Mawr students at the event was especially significant given the fact that the Division of Plasma Physics has the lowest percentage of women members within the APS, says Schaffner.
Schaffner's new plasma research lab at Bryn Mawr is expected to be completed in early 2018.
In recent years Bryn Mawr College has averaged nine physics majors per year, approximately three percent of the graduating class. This is nearly 50 times the national average for women graduating with undergraduate physics degrees in the United States. Historically, Bryn Mawr has been among the top schools—including both liberal arts and research-level universities—for producing physics graduates and generating a pipeline into graduate physics work or physics/science related fields outside of academia