19 March 2024

AAS CSMA Astro Poverty Survey

Neelab Yousafzai

Neelab Yousafzai American Astronomical Society (AAS)

A team of astronomy faculty, graduate students, and members of the AAS Committee for the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA) is conducting a study on whether the field of astronomy equitably includes people from backgrounds of financial scarcity and poverty. To accomplish this, the study group asks that astronomers and ex-astronomers at all levels (faculty/staff, postdocs, students, and those who have left the field) participate in an anonymous survey (linked below).

Participation in the survey will take about 15 minutes. Results of the survey will be used to inform the astronomical community on the severity of underrepresentation (if found) of people from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, to motivate future studies on the issue, and to begin to develop paths toward improving the diversity of our field.

Questions about the survey can be addressed to the study lead Dr. Carlos J. Vargas.

Take the Astro Poverty Survey

An institutional review board responsible for human subjects research at the University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it acceptable, based on applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of research participants.