Physics Faculty, Staff Receive Curriculum Enrichment Grant

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Presidential Chair Fellows Curriculum Enrichment Grant Program provides an opportunity for a team of two or more faculty members from a department to develop, improve, transform, and examine core areas of the undergraduate curriculum. The grant is a means to engage in a systematic, forward-looking curriculum project expected to render fundamental and breakthrough ideas which will enhance and transform Berkeley's undergraduate experience. For the upcoming grant cycle, we are soliciting proposals where faculty will engage in intentional design of student learning opportunities that lead to a Discovery Experience for undergraduate majors in academic departments.

This year Berkeley Physics is pleased to announce that Marjorie Shapiro, Amin Jazaeri, and Uros Seljak have been selected as recipients of the grant for "Enhancing Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Physics Using Data Science Techniques for Data Analysis and Simulation"

The Physics Department aims to increase student participation in Discovery Learning and Experience by adding new data science components to the curriculum. Elements of the proposal are: 1) Development of data enabled homework assignments for two upper division classes. Assignments for Physics 129 will highlight strategies and techniques for data analysis. Assignments for Physics 112, a core course requirement for Physics majors, will demonstrate the use of simulations to model complex phenomena. 2) Incorporation of a data intensive option into the capstone Advanced Experimentation Laboratory. 3) Enhancement of the mentored research experience by developing guidelines for scientific presentations and providing a forum for such presentations.

Read about all of the projects and recipients being recognized by the program here.