Physics Education Research.
Physics Education Research is a relatively new field that seeks to
apply a physicist's demands for quantitative rigor and
reproducibility to the study of our physics students. How do our
students think, and how are we to best help them learn?
My particular focus is mostly on the cognitive modeling of physics
students, especially when they're in the midst of using mathematics
in their physics work. If we want to describe how these students are
thinking, what mental "pieces" should we talk in terms of? What's
the grain size of these pieces? How do the dynamics of these pieces
look as they interact with each other?
While our department does not offer a formal research program
(leading to a Masters or Ph.D. degree) in Physics Education Research,
I do work with all of our graduate students during their time as
Teaching Assistants. All graduate students participate, with me, in
a year-long seminar during their first two semesters of TA work.
More advanced co-teaching opportunities are also often available for
advanced TA work.
Awards and Honors:
*2005-2008 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship;
*2006 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for the College of
Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences at the University of