Preparing Physics Graduate Students For Their Future

Preparing Physics Graduate Students For Their Future

Graduate students need education in and practice of "soft skills."


January 9, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Joseph M. Pettit Microelectronics Research Center, Room 102 A/B


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.