The First Canada-Wide Diversity in Physics Survey

(Survey closes 23h59 EST on Monday, November 30)

To: Physicists in academia, industry and government within Canada
Students pursuing a physics degree at a Canadian institution

From: Canadian Association of Physicists;
Kevin Hewitt and Anastasia Smolina,
Co-editors PiC special issue – Inclusivity for Excellence in the Physics Community in Canada

Subject: Invitation to participate in the first annual CAP EDI survey (and be entered for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards)

PLEASE NOTE: First year undergraduate students who receive this message should only complete this survey if you are enrolled in a Physics programs/pursing a physics degree.

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Physics is a quantitative science which relies on measurements to understand the natural world and validate hypotheses. Its success is based on that commitment to measurement, and the same is true of our desire to create a more inclusive environment in the Physics community in Canada. There has never been a comprehensive survey of the diversity of the Physics community in Canada, whereas the US has been collecting these statistics for several decades.

The objective of the first annual CAP Diversity survey is to understand how identity, age, first-in-family status, field of study, province of residence, employment and educational outcomes, income, family and child care responsibilities, culture and climate, language, and citizenship influences participation in physics-related industrial workforce, government and academia. This study has been approved by Dalhousie Research Ethics Board on Oct. 27, 2020 (REB file # 2020-5261).

The raw data will be stored securely on the Canadian Association of Physicists Wufoo Canadian server, and will also be backed up on a secure Dalhousie server. Publication of the results in CAP’s Physics in Canada issues will follow strict guidelines, including reporting in aggregate form when the number of respondents in a given category is less than 5. While the Physics community in Canada may be among the last to conduct such a wide-ranging survey of the field, we hope the delay will be offset by the quality of the data.

Academic, industrial and government leaders could identify potential interventions to create a more vibrant and inclusive community for excellence, further advancing the field. We hope you will participate in the survey. As an added incentive, and to thank you for your time, you can choose to enter a draw for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards at the end of the survey.

Please follow the link below to participate in the survey

https://canadianassocofphys.wufoo.com/forms/xiji12z05iyyc4/

You should discuss any questions you have about this study with Kevin Hewitt and Anastasia Smolina. Please ask as many questions as you like before or after participating by contacting us via email or phone: 902-494-2315 or (Kevin Hewitt) and (Anastasia Smolina).

If you have any ethical concerns about your participation in this research, you may contact Research Ethics, Dalhousie University at (902) 494-3423, or email ethics@dal.ca (and reference REB file # 2020-5261).


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