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Abstract Title: Developing a new laboratory course to prepare students for graduate research in astrophysics
Abstract: Preparing undergraduate students for research is often one of the main goals of upper-division physics lab courses. We are developing a new upper-division lab course at the University of Cape Town in South Africa for students aiming to pursue graduate study in astrophysics. The course will build on the Advanced Lab transformation work done at the University of Colorado. We will study how to transfer the educational reform (e.g., philosophy, structure, materials, etc.) to a new environment. The first stage of the project focuses on identifying what knowledge and skills PhD advisers would like students to have when they begin their graduate research project, and to evaluate what knowledge and skills a representative student cohort has prior to taking such a laboratory course. We will report on the study methodology and initial results of faculty and student interviews.
Abstract Type: Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christine Lindstrøm
Oslo and Akershus University College
Pilestredet 52
Oslo, Non U.S. 0167
Phone: +4745793016
and Co-Presenter(s)
Saalih Allie, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Heather Lewandowski, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

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