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The AIP National Task Force to Elevate African American Representation in Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy (TEAM-UP)

TEAM-UP has spent the last two years investigating the reasons for the persistent underrepresentation of African Americans in physics and has released a report with its findings.

The Time Is Now: Systemic Changes to Increase African Americans with Bachelor’s Degrees in Physics and Astronomy

In this groundbreaking report, TEAM-UP has uncovered long-term systemic issues within the physics and astronomy communities that contribute to the underrepresentation of African Americans in these fields and makes important, actionable recommendations for community wide efforts to reverse this trend.

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Upcoming events

The Task Force Report will be disseminated broadly within the physics community and among other stakeholders (January – March 2020)

  • Plenary talk on the TEAM-UP Report by Dr. Tabbetha Dobbins, Rowan University, American Physical Society National Mentoring Community Conference, February 7, 2020, Orlando, Florida
  • Session on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Recommendations from Physics and Astronomy” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Meeting in Seattle, Washington, February 14th.
  • Session on the TEAM-UP Report at the American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting, Denver, CO, Date and Time TBD



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The Proportion of Physics Bachelor's Degrees Awarded to African Americans and Hispanic Americans

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Number of Bachelor's Degrees Earned in Physics 1955-2018

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TEAM-UP Task Force Members

TEAM-UP Task Force
The AIP TEAM-UP Task Force members at their in-person meeting on September 14, 2018. (From Left to Right. Top Row: Rachel Ivie, AIP; Mia Ong, TERC; Bo Hammer, AIP; Quinton Williams, Howard U.; Sharon Fries-Britt, UMD. Bottom Row: Brian Beckford, U. Mich.; Tabbetha Dobbins, Rowan U.; Arlisa Richardson, Chandler-Gilbert U.; Mary James, Reed College; Ed Bertschinger, MIT; Arlene Modeste Knowles, AIP. Not pictured: Jedidah Isler, Dartmouth College; Sylvester James Gates, Brown U.)

AIP Task Force Co-Chairs:

Mary James, A. A. Knowlton Professor of Physics & Dean for Institutional Diversity, Reed College

Ed Bertschinger, Professor of Physics, Former Institute Community & Equity Officer, MIT

TEAM-UP Task force Members:

Brian Beckford, Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow/Asst. Physics Prof., Univ. of Michigan

Tabbetha Dobbins, Associate Professor of Physics, Rowan University

Sharon Fries-Britt, Professor of Higher Education, University of Maryland

Sylvester James Gates, Ford Foundation Professor of Physics, Brown University

Jedidah Isler, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College

Mia Ong, Senior Research Scientist, TERC

Arlisa Richardson, Physics Professor, Chandler-Gilbert University

Quinton Williams, Chair and Professor of Physics, Howard University

AIP Project Staff:

Philip “Bo” Hammer, Senior Director

Arlene Modeste Knowles, Diversity Task Force Project Manager


Partial funding for TEAM UP provided by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.