Getting Involved

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students intersted in working with PERL on research projects are encouraged to contact any member of the PERL faculty. Our group has a number of research projects for undergradautes for which students may volunteer or earn course credit (through PHY 405). A limited number of paid positions are typically available after one semester of either volunteering or taking course credit.

Doctoral Research

Graduate students interested in exploring research with PERL are encouraged to contact all members of the PERL faculty as we collectively discuss taking on new doctoral students. This includes current and future MSU students.

PHY 905: Physics Education Research

Interested undergraduate and gradaute students are encouraged to take PHY 905: Physics Education Research - a special topics course that surveys the state of the research field. This course will be offered in Spring 2018.

Currently Available Positions

Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Teacher Education)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher for a recently funded National Science Foundation project, “Integrating Computational Science Across Michigan.” This project is supported by a collaboration that joins Michigan State University's College of Education (Prof. Niral Shah and Prof. David Stroupe) and its Department of Physics and Astronomy (Prof. Danny Caballero and Prof. Paul Irving). The successful candidate for the current position will work collaboratively with team members to design multiple professional development workshops and an on-going support system for high school physics teachers in Michigan who are interested in integrating numerical computation and modeling into their classes. In addition, the candidate will conduct research focused on two areas: 1) teachers’ instructional practices, and teacher learning as individuals and as a community of practitioners; and 2) teachers’ attention to equity-related patterns in student participation, and students’ subjective experiences related to equity and inequity in classrooms. More information

Postdoc in HS Computational Physics Education (Student Learning)

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher for a recently funded National Science Foundation project, “Integrating Computational Science Across Michigan.” This project is supported by a collaboration that joins the Michigan State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy (Prof. Danny Caballero and Prof. Paul Irving) and its College of Education (Prof. Niral Shah and Prof. David Stroupe). The successful candidate for the current position will work collaboratively with team members to design multiple professional development workshops and an on-going support system for high school physics teachers in Michigan who are interested in integrating numerical computation and modeling into their classes. In addition, the candidate will conduct research on student learning and engagement as teacher’s work to implement their co-designed computational activities. More information

Lab Transformation Postdoc

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in Physics Education in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. The successful candidate for the current position will work to develop assessments of student learning for introductory physics laboratories and conduct research on learning and practice in these laboratories. More information.