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Fund to boost female and black physicist numbers
by Pallab Ghosh, Science Correspondent, BBC News
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19 March 2019
On 19 March 2019 BBC News reported:
The Institute of Physics is launching a bursary scheme to help female and black students to become physics researchers. The scheme is funded by one of the world's leading astronomers, Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell. The discoverer of pulsars donated the [British pounds] 2.3 million she won as part of an international science award. The initial aim is to increase the number of female physics researchers in the UK from the current level of 22 percent to more than 30 percent in the next 10 years.
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The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund will also support students from low socio-economic backgrounds and those who qualify for refugee status.
Prof Bell Burnell was awarded a Breakthrough Prize last September (2018) for her discovery in 1967 of radio pulsars -- rapidly rotating star remnants.
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