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Women in Physics, A Caribbean Perspective. Kandice Tanner University of California, Berkeley. Pop 37.5 million. DEMOGRAPHICS OF FACULTY. Areas of Research- Graduate studies. 7 women( total students 12) pursuing graduate studies in

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Women in Physics, A Caribbean Perspective

Kandice Tanner

University of California, Berkeley




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Areas of Research- Graduate studies

  • 7 women( total students 12) pursuing graduate studies in

  • Astronomy, Materials Science, Environmental Physics, Medical Physics and Quantum Physics

  • Theoretical and Experimental


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K-12 Education

  • 80% of primary schools ( 5-11yrs) are segregated

  • Nationally administered Entrance exam taken at 11 to decide secondary school placement

  • 30% of secondary schools ( 11-16 or 18 years) are segregated

  • British based system for Ordinary and Advanced level exams


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Course content

  • By the age of 11 students have seen algebra, geometry, and basic physics e.g. electricity/ basic circuit theory

  • By the age of 14, students have begun Newtonian mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism ( e.g. principles behind Generators and practical gadgets like a doorbell)

  • By the age of 16 completed the equivalent of pre- calculus and calculus courses in first and second year college

  • For Advanced level work, Math is required to be taken with Physics before entry into University.


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Personal Story

  • At age 11 based on exam performance selected to attend one of the “prestige” all girls’ schools equivalent to a magnet school . Placed first in Mathematics at the primary school level

  • At age 14 based on exam performance allowed to pursue science as main track for Ordinary levels, selected to train for the National Mathematics Olympiad based

  • At age 16, based on exam performance allowed to continue in Physics changed schools at this point to an all boys’ school

  • At age 18 based on exam performance, allowed to do first choice of Mechanical Engineering at UWI- Trinidad

  • However, recruited by US school with full scholarship


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Acknowledgements

  • Dr. Shirin Haque, Chair of Physics Department, UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad

  • Delegation to ICWIP for Trinidad and Tobago

    • Shelly Watts ( undergrad UWI now at UMBC, USA)

    • Riad Hosein post-grad at UWI

  • Dr. Beverly Hartline, Delaware State University