MIT Physics News Spotlight
Physics department awarded for improving undergraduate education
Kimeee Heatley, MIT Physics Department
April 29, 2013
Physics Department Head, Ed Bertschinger, receives a 2013 APS Award for
Improving Undergraduate Physics Education from Paul Cottle, Chair of the APS
Committee on Education. Photo: APS Physics
The MIT Department of Physics is one of four colleges awarded for "Improving Undergraduate Physics Education" in 2013 by The American Physical Society.
From the APS Physics website: MIT has engineered an impressive transformation of its undergraduate physics curriculum, which currently produces the largest number of bachelor's degrees in physics annually of any university in the United States. The Department has more than doubled the number of majors since 2001, accompanied by a focus on diversity that has resulted in a department in which more than a third of graduating seniors are women. These changes have been accomplished through a focused commitment to creating a program that is flexible, welcoming and respectful of all students, with advising, mentoring and other programs to support students at all levels. The Department has been a consistent innovator in physics education with an emphasis on quality, including the innovative Technology Enabled Active Learning (TEAL) approach to teaching introductory physics to most MIT freshmen. This dual focus on outstanding educational practices and a student-focused departmental culture has resulted in an exceptionally strong undergraduate physics program.