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Rachel publishes paper exploring the structure of misconceptions in the Force Concept Inventory with modified module analysis.
September 3, 2019

Rachel and collaborators publish paper exploring the structure of misconceptions in the Force Concept Inventory with modified module analysis in Physical Review Physics Education Research.

PERL welcomes new members
August 28, 2019

PERL welcomes 4 new graduate students and 1 new research associate for the 2019 academic year.

Katie publishes paper on deconstructing black physics identity
August 9, 2019

PERL professor Katie Hinko and collaborators have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Deconstructing Black physics identity: Linking individual and social constructs using the critical physics identity framework.

Dr. Kelsey Funkhouser Defends Her PhD!
July 16, 2019

Dr. Kelsey Funkhouser Defends Her PhD!

PERL Members Alexis Knaub, John Aiken, and Danny Caballero curate focused collection on quantitative methods in PER
July 3, 2019

PERL Members Alexis Knaub, John Aiken, and Danny Caballero curate focused collection on quantitative methods in PER.

Learning Machine Lab publishes paper on modeling student pathways in a physics program
May 15, 2019

PERL members John Aiken, Rachel Henderson, and Danny Caballero have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research title Modeling Student Pathways in a Physics Bachelor's Degree Program.

Angie and collaborators publish on mindset applicability
May 10, 2019

PERL members  Angie Little, Bridget Humphrey, Abigail Green, Abhilash Nair, and Vashti Sawtelle published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Exploring mindset’s applicability to students’ experiences with challenge in transformed college physics courses.

PERL Undergrad Matt Ring helps create MSU Physics Education in Ghana Initiative
March 14, 2019

PERL Undergrad Matt Ring helps create MSU Physics Education in Ghana Initiative

Vashti wins Spirit of Ability Award
March 12, 2019

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle has won the Spirit of Ability Award.

Learning Machines Lab publishes paper on factors predictive of faculty integrating computation into physics courses
February 20, 2019

PERL members Nick Young, Grant Allen, John Aiken, Rachel Henderson, and Danny Caballero have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Identifying features predictive of faculty integrating computation into physics courses.

Dena wins Art Lab Grant
February 12, 2019

Postdoc Dena Izadi has won a grant from MSU's Broad Art Lab for her project "The Schrodinger’s Cat is in Town!"

Vashti and Abhilash Publish Article About Epistemological progress in physics and its impact on biology
January 22, 2019

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle, PERL alumni Abhilash Nair, and colleagues have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Epistemological progress in physics and its impact on biology.

PERL Members Publish 16 PERC Papers
January 21, 2019

We're proud to announce that the PERL Team has contributed to 16 PERC Papers in 2018.

Danny publishes paper about prevalence and nature of computational instruction
December 20, 2018

PERL co-director Danny Caballero and collaborator Laura Merner have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Prevalence and nature of computational instruction in undergraduate physics programs across the United States.

Dr. Abhilash Nair Defends His PhD!
December 7, 2018

Dr. Abhilash Nair Defends His PhD!

Kelsey wins Excellence in Teaching Award
November 16, 2018

PhD student Kelsey Funkhouser has been awarded an Excellence-in-Teaching Citation from the College of Natural Science.

Abhilash and Vashti Publish Paper About Using an IOLab to Visualize Equipotential Lines
October 19, 2018

Graduate student Abhilash Nair and PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle have published an article in The Physics Teacher about Real-time Visualization of Equipotential Lines Using the IOLab.

Vashti Publishes Article About an Analytic Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning
September 5, 2018

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle, PERL alumni K.K. Mashood, and colleagues have published an article in Life Science Education titled Developing an Analytical Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning about Complex Processes.