red Supported Site SUNY Geneseo: Recruitment

Successes

  • We had ten evening meetings during the 2012-13 year to work on the BLT projects. The average attendance was nine students.
  • Visits of the TIR to late afternoon and evening lab sections led to more frequent interaction.

Challenges

  • Late in the semester student participation in PhysTEC activities falls off.
  • Getting undergraduates to attend national physics meetings in the summer is difficult.

Sustainability

  • Most of these activities are sustainable because they are inexpensive.

Lessons Learned

  • We should plan PhysTEC activities early in the semester, when students are less busy.
  • We should coordinate TAG meetings so that students can meet with teachers.

Activities

  • The TIR visited Phys 123, the calculus-based introductory physics class, to discuss physics teaching in Fall 2012.
  • The TIR visited Phys 124, the calculus-based introductory lab sections throughout the semester.
  • The TIR kept regular evening office hours to assist students who might need help with introductory physics and to discuss physics teaching as a career.
  • The project designed posters (Teach People Physics) highlighting Geneseo alumni.
  • There were colloquium presentations by Monica Plisch (September 20, 2012) and Scott Franklin (October 11, 2012) that highlighted physics teaching.
  • The TIR maintained and updated Geneseo PhysTEC website.
  • The TIR presented Geneseo PhysTEC materials in the department recruiting PowerPoint presentation for prospective students.