Lecture on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for STEM Departments

With Dr. Jennifer Burris, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Friday, April 9, 2021
4 p.m.

Virtual Event
Contact Angela Owen owenat@appstate.edu for access to the event.

Dr. Jennifer Burris, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be hosting a lecture about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion within the academic fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The lecture discusses how working past individual bias and understanding privilege is important to the missions of scientists. Burris gives examples of initiatives that helped expand diversity in STEM departments such as a National Science Foundation Advance funded grant for App State students that aims to recruit and retain women and underrepresented populations of women in STEM with a focus on intersectionality.

Burris has served as both associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and as the graduate program director for the Masters in Engineering Physics program within the Department. She received international recognition by The Optical Society (OSA) in 2020 for Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy. Burris also received the 2015 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2013 Appalachian State University’s Harvey R. Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award.

This lecture is a part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy Spring 2021 Colloquium Series.


About the Department of Physics and Astronomy
The Department of Physics and Astronomy curriculum has an applied nature that includes a core of fundamental physics courses and laboratory experiences. The department prepares graduates for a variety of scientific, teaching or engineering professions, as well as future educational endeavors. Learn more at https://physics.appstate.edu.

Dr. Jennifer Burris Headshot
Published: Apr 7, 2021 12:11pm