Preparing Physics Graduate Students For Their Future

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    • Monday January 9, 2017 - Tuesday January 10, 2017
      3:00 pm - 3:59 pm
  • Location: Joseph M. Pettit Microelectronics Research Center, Room 102 A/B
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Summary Sentence: Graduate students need education in and practice of "soft skills."

Full Summary: Studies show that the skills traditionally associated with an academic research program are necessary but not sufficient for employment as it exists now and in their future. Graduate students need education in and practice of "soft skills." 

  • Kenneth Heller Kenneth Heller

To advance its efforts to improve the introductory physics courses at Georgia Tech, the School of Physics is launching the Physics Education Research (PER) colloquium series, beginning on Jan. 9, 2017.

Kenneth Heller, a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Minnesota, will discuss “Preparing Physics Graduate Students for Their Future.” He will describe a program that fully integrates teaching assistantship (TA) into physics graduate education. 

According to Heller, integrating TA into graduate education “results in graduate students that are more satisfied with their TA experience, are better prepared to function in research groups, provide a better classroom experience for their undergraduate students, and have the soft skills necessary for employment.”

The program Heller will describe is applicable to other disciplines.

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In Campus Calendar

College of Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Mathematics, School of Physics, School of Psychology

Invited Audience
Faculty/Staff, Public, Undergraduate students, Graduate students
Career/Professional development
Physics Education Research, School of Physics
  • Created By: A. Maureen Rouhi
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  • Created On: Jan 5, 2017 - 9:39am
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:13pm