Skip to content

Senior thesis project — you can help!

September 21, 2009

Recently, we received a request from a high school senior for help in distributing a survey that she is conducting as part of her senior thesis project.  Sunny has put together this survey herself, with advice from people in the field, and I hope that you’ll help her by answering a very short survey.  Here is the email I received from Sunny; please copy and paste your answers into email and send it to Sunny directly.

My name is Sunny Burwell.  I am currently a senior at Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, SC, where students are required to conduct a year-long senior thesis project on a topic of their choice. My senior thesis is about the status of women in science careers;  Dr. Cassandra Runyon is my mentor.

Part of my methodology is to distribute a short survey to men and women in science careers to determine their attitudes toward their field and their work.  I am interested in collecting data from your Women in Planetary Science group and I would be very grateful for you to complete this short survey.
Thank you for your time!

– Sunny

The survey:

Sex:

___ Female   ___ Male

Level of Education:

___ Undergraduate   ___ Postgraduate   ___ Postdoctoral

Field(s):

___ Astronomy   ___ Biology   ___ Chemistry    ___ Engineering   ___ Geology   ___ Physics

Specialization: ___________________________________________

Occupation: _____________________________________________

Why did you decide to pursue a science-related career? [Check all that apply.]

___ Love of science

___ Personal ambition

___ Interest in monetary gain

___ Lack of other options

___ Encouragement from others

Who encouraged you?    ________________________________

___ Inspiration from others

Who inspired you?         ________________________________

___ Other reasons

Please specify:   ______________________________________

Have you ever strongly considered leaving your field or career? ______________

–       If so, why were you considering this?

–       Why did you decide to remain in your field or career?

How accurately do the following statements describe your experiences?

[1 means “very inaccurately”, while 5 means “very accurately”.]

–       I love my field of science.

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

–       I am happy with my career.

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

–       My career can be overwhelming at times.

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

–       I have loved science since high school or younger.

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

–       It has been easy for me to balance career and family responsibilities.

1                      2                      3                      4                      5

–     How many children do you have? ________________________

No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: