Jun 13 – 19, 2015
University of Alberta
America/Edmonton timezone
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Building Thriving Undergraduate Physics Programs

Jun 17, 2015, 9:00 AM
University of Alberta

University of Alberta

Invited Speaker / Conférencier invité Physics Education / Enseignement de la physique (DPE-DEP) W1-8 Strengthening Physics Departments (DPE) / Renforcer les départements de physique (DEP)


Dr Theodore Hodapp (American Physical Society)


There are about 760 colleges and universities that offer an undergraduate degree in physics in the United States. Some are small and educate only a few physics students each year, while others attract, educate, and graduate dozens. The American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers have organized a number of workshops to help departments build and improve their undergraduate programs. This presentation will feature some of the resonate themes from these workshops, and suggest resources and ideas that any faculty member might consider to help them improve their undergraduate program. Specific techniques such as establishing career tracks, developing broader professional skills, emphasizing undergraduate research, and understanding how students approach education will be discussed along with case-studies of departments that re-invented themselves, and built vibrant physics programs in the process.

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Dr Theodore Hodapp (American Physical Society)

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