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The American Physical Society Physics Education Research Topical Group (GPER) is committed to supporting APS members who advance and enrich research in physics education.  To support APS GPER members, we offer mini-grants. The Mini-Grants are divided into three strands: Conference Support (Strand 1) . Conference Support mini-grants provide support for GPER members to share physics education research findings with the physics community (e.g., travel, registration costs, workshop costs, poster printing, etc.). Awards average $1000/recipient. Applications are due 11:59 PM Pacific time on November 15, 2022. Funding decisions will be shared ...
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Check out our new web resource,  Careers in PER . It includes information on common career paths, resources and articles, links to profiles of people in PER, and relevant job postings. Please share with those who might find it useful! This is part of an effort on the part of the GPER EC to better support graduate students and early career members of GPER. We are also working with APS Careers to ensure PER is well-represented in their career information online, including profiles of physicists with PER backgrounds.  If you have any feedback or suggestions for this page or other GPER career work, or want to help out in any way, please contact GPER Secretary/Treasurer ...
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The APS Topical Group in Physics Education Research (GPER) Nominating Committee is seeking your assistance in identifying a diverse slate of outstanding candidates to run for leadership positions within the GPER Executive Committee. Serving on the GPER Executive Committee offers an opportunity to influence the direction of PER within the physics community through grants, conferences, and fellowships, and to ensure a strong future for PER. Current positions open for nomination: Vice-Chair (term length: 1 year/ 4 years of service); The member elected as Vice Chair shall serve in that office for one year, then for one year as Chair-Elect, then for one year ...
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As a topical group, GPER is able to nominate 1-3 members annually (number determined annually by APS) to be elected APS Fellows. We would like to collect nominations from the community for potential GPER fellows.  The criterion for election to fellowship is “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise.”  Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers.  More information can be found on the APS Fellows webpage .   Please submit your nominations using the APS Fellowship Nomination online system prior to June 1, 2022. Notes: Nominees must be APS members in good standing. A nomination needs a sponsor ...
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Dear GPER members, As the APS April meeting approaches, we wanted to let GPER members know about sessions and meetings that may be of interest to our community.   Saturday, April 9th   10:45 AM - 12:33 PM.  Outreach in Formal Settings. Session B03. Room: Salon 1   1:30 PM - 3:18 PM.  Teaching to build physics identity Session D06. Room: Marquis A. 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM,  Picture a Scientist Screening and Panel Session F03 Room: Salon 1.   Sunday April 10th 8:30 AM - 10:18 AM.  Integrating computation across the physics curriculum. Session G06. Room: Marquis A-B.   3:45 PM - 5:33 PM:  Excellence in Education Awards ...
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Dear GPER members, We wanted to share the meeting notes from our January Virtual Town Hall about GPER's bylaws changes. The meeting minutes are here .  As a result of the discussions we are looking into ways to ensure inclusive language in the bylaws, and to align our election processes with PERCoGS. You can see the proposed changes at our bylaws page ( revisions on right hand side). There will be another opportunity to discuss our bylaws at our annual business meeting at the APS April Meeting. Best, Stephanie Chasteen GPER Secretary/Treasurer
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The 2021 GPER Newsletter has been posted to our website . Please take a look for news about GPER, an update from PRER, awardees of our mini grants, and upcoming grant opportunities. We'd particularly like to extend a warm welcome to two new executive committee members: Dr. Jacquelyn Chini is Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Central Florida, and will serve as GPER Vice Chair.  Dr. Alice Olmstead is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Texas State University and will serve as Member at Large. We also congratulate the 2021 GPER Travel Award mini grants recipients: Shane Bergin , University of College Dublin, Ireland ...
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The Group on Physics Education Research (GPER) is proud and excited to announce our new Fellows, Catherine Crouch, of Swarthmore College, and Andrew Heckler, of the Ohio State University. They have both shown excellent leadership in physics education research and contributed substantially to the field. You can find the citation for their Fellowship at https://www.aps.org/programs/honors/fellowships/archive-all.cfm.
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Applications open until October 22, 2021! The American Physical Society Physics Education Research Topical Group (GPER) is committed to supporting APS members who advance and enrich research in physics education. The Mini-Grants are divided into two strands: Conference Support for the Physics Education Community (Strand 1) and Personal Support (Strand 2). Historically, the GPER Mini Grants have provided travel support for physics education researchers. Additionally, we’re continuing a special second strand for personal support, in response to the multiple crises that present numerous personal, professional, and educational challenges. The details of each of these ...
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NSF Director Explains Vision for Science Agency in APS News In the June edition of APS News, National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Sethuraman Panchanathan discusses his vision for the science agency, including its role in supporting research and training the future STEM workforce. Panchanathan is a computer scientist and engineer, and NSF’s 15 th director, after being confirmed by the US Senate on June 18, 2020. Additionally, he is a leader in science, engineering, and education with more than three decades of experience. Read about his vision for NSF here . #FeaturedNews ​
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Colleagues, As a topical group, GPER is able to nominate 1-3 members annually to be elected APS Fellows. We would like to collect nominations from the community for potential GPER fellows. The criterion for election to fellowship is “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise.” Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one's professional peers. More information can be found on the  APS Fellows webpage . Ultimately you will need to submit your nominations using the  APS Fellowship Nomination online system  prior to June 1, 2021 . Notes:  Nominees must be APS members. A nomination needs a sponsor AND co-sponsor, ...
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Hello GPER, The GPER December 2020 newsletter is available for reading! Click the link below. >> December 2020 Newsletter <<
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APS has released a new   report   that provides recommendations to strengthen the nation’s STEM workforce, including building research capacity among emerging research institutions (ERIs), establishing a clear path for international talent to study and work in the US, confronting hostile work environments, and addressing the shortage of qualified STEM teachers. Titled “Building America’s STEM Workforce: Eliminating Barriers and Unlocking Advantages,” the report examines both domestic and international challenges and opportunities. It synthesizes a range of public data and reports—complemented with surveys of physics department chairs and APS ...
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Register now for the virtual 2021 APS Annual Leadership Meeting! Join us  virtually   on Thursday, February 4, and Saturday, February 6 for the APS Annual Leadership Meeting. Registration is free; APS membership is not required. Please share with anyone who might be interested. [Register now] As a physics educator, someone who studies physics education, or a department chair, you may be particularly interested in attending: Thursday, February 4 Thriving physics departments: Proactive steps to take in difficult economic times 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET The new economics of higher education, changing demographics, and the ...
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Hello and welcome to your new unit website! APS has been hard at work revamping your current unit site and is excited to introduce your new online unit community — a member benefit powered by   APS Engage . In keeping in line with   APS’s strategic plan , this new site will not only serve our members but will also serve the greater physics community as well. It will allow you to interact with other unit members beyond in-person meetings, share and discuss content relevant to your field of study and interests, and create a shared repository of useful resources. The site features: a community discussion board a unit community library a unit ...
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