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Physics Education Research

  1. Apr 9, 2014 #1
    Hello all!

    I'm a fourth year grade student in physics (specifically theoretical cosmology).

    Over the years I've become more and more interested in education. I even applied and was accepted as a STEM instructor for a local high school...which probably takes up more of my time than my adviser would like ;)

    I'm playing around with the idea of maybe getting into physics education research but I admittedly know little about this field.

    Do postdoc positions...or grants...or really anything exist for people who get a PhD and want to go into this field?
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  4. Apr 9, 2014 #3
    After doing some research, I'm learning about PER. It's hard for me to find postdoc options for such groups. Do these not exist?
  5. Apr 9, 2014 #4
    I imagine that you are likely going to need a phd in physics education research if you want to do research in physics education similar to needing a phd in physics to do physics research.

    You could apply to a program like UC Boulders.
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    In my experience, the people who get into physics education research are often lecturers who's primary duties are teaching and don't have other ongoing research projects. A number of community college instructors come to mind. That's NOT to say that they do it because they can't do something else. I think it's more that physics education questions naturally arise more frequently for those in teaching positions.

    Also, I suspect funding for larger education projects would be relatively small compared to other physics research projects. I'm under the impression a lot of physics education research is done by individuals or small group collaborations and those projects generally don't require a dedicated post-doctoral researcher. You might see a summer position for an undergrad student to help develop a new lab experiment now and then, but you won't see too many post-doctoral positions for physics education research.
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  10. Sep 25, 2014 #9
    Anyone knows about PER opportunties in Los Angeles area ?
    I am even looking for volunteer opportunities
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