PhysTEC Grants

PhysTEC Regional Networks Selected

The following awardees will receive funding to help build regional networks and strengthen the community of physics teacher education programs.

  • Texas Regional PhysTEC Network, led by Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Southeastern New York Regional PhysTEC Network, led by Stony Brook University

These PhysTEC Regional Networks will bring together multiple institutions in a geographical region to work toward mutual program improvement. Through this collaboration, each Network will build a tight-knit community of physics teacher educators in their region. These awardees will receive $15,000 in funding along with ongoing support from PhysTEC staff over a two-year period.

By connecting with each other and with support from PhysTEC, these networks will build capacity for addressing regional and local challenges and opportunities to advancing physics teacher education, such as:

  • recruiting and retaining students to physics and PTE programs
  • navigating state requirements to develop streamlined PTE programs
  • collaborating across physics and education departments
  • establishing informal pathways or formal articulation agreements among institutions
  • coordinating course offerings to address low enrollments 
  • connecting with regional school districts and physics teachers
  • providing professional development for pre-service/in-service teachers
  • advocating for supportive policies, e.g. with state education agencies
  • pursuing resources to support PTE programs

 

Currently Funded Sites

PhysTEC is currently funding four (4) institutions as Comprehensive Sites and five (5) Recruiting Sites with the intention that they become thriving programs that graduate five or more physics teachers per year. Alongside up to $100,000 per year for 3 years for Comprehensive Sites and up to $25,000 for two years for Recruiting Sites, PhysTEC provides funded sites opportunities to network with the best physics teacher preparation programs in the country for the institution to achieve their project goals. 

As announced in the December 2019 edition of APS News, the five Recruiting Sites are:

  • Bridgewater State University
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Lewis University
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • University of North Georgia

As announced in the January 2019 edition of APS News, the four Comprehensive Sites are:

  • Appalachian State University
  • University of Kansas
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Keep an eye out for future PhysTEC Grant Requests for Proposals. Please note that only proposals from PhysTEC member institutions are eligible for consideration. If your institution is not yet a member, join for free.

About PhysTEC Grants

Did you know that only one in three U.S. high school physics teachers has a degree in physics or physics education? The deficit of qualified teachers in physics is more severe than in any other discipline.

To date, PhysTEC has provided funding to more than 45 postsecondary institutions across the United States, enabling them to inspire and educate greater numbers of highly qualified physics teachers through both Comprehensive Grants and Recruiting Grants. PhysTEC Supported Sites have demonstrated significant successes in increasing the number of highly qualified physics teachers. See specifics on the outcome of PhysTEC's work.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the PhysTEC team (phystec@aps.org).