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Abstract Title: Developing Professionalism in a Sophomore-level Experimental Physics Class
Abstract: Our experience with sophomore-level physics majors is that they still perceive themselves as students in classrooms, rather than budding professional scientists.  The sophomore year is a critical one for personal growth and commitment to the field, and we have found that a year-long experimental physics class can be crucial to developing the budding physicist.  Our sequence develops professionalism through having students work in groups, and communicate both orally and in writing with peers as well as the faculty.  The communication goes beyond the walls of the classroom, as students develop and review articles for JAUPLI (peer-reviewed online Journal of the Advanced Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Investigations), and develop a poster to be presented during our campus-wide Student Academic Conference.  The professionalism is developed in a supportive environment that includes:  intensive faculty/TA interactions (the course is team-taught), conceptual development of the investigations modeled on our introductory "ABC" labs, and intensive tutorials on data/error analysis.  Structure and components of the course will be presented, along with samples of student work.
Abstract Type: Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Linda Winkler
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Ave South
Moorhead, MN 56563
Phone: 218-477-2460
Fax: 218-477-2290
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Juan Cabanela,  Mn State Univ. Moorhead ; cabanela -at- mnstate.edu; 218-477-2453
Stephen Lindaas, Mn State Univ. Moorhead; lindaas -at- mnstate.edu; 218-477-4268
Ananda Shastri, Mn State Univ. Moorhead; shastri -at- mnstate.edu; 218-477-2448