Our research group focuses on the nanofabrication of devices and measurement of their electronic and magnetic properties at low temperatures. We are actively using the Analysis Research Service Center, the Advanced Functional Materials Lab and the Nano-fabrication Facility.
My research area is physics education (PER). My primary current research is on development and negotiation of identity in the context of the Learning Assistant program. Identity development is a relatively new area of research in PER, and shows promise for understanding recruitment and retention of students from traditionally marginalized groups. My work draws on Communities of Practice theory and Hazari et al.’s Physics Identity framework to analyze both LAs’ self-concepts (expressed in interviews and written reflections) and their evolving practices (including video data of LA preparation sessions). I also study the impact of instructional reforms on students and faculty, including research on implementation and analysis of assessments.