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Eric Brewe
Hagit Kornreich-Leshem
Laird Kramer
Dr. Maria Fernandez

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Florida International University (FIU) in Miami educates more Hispanic students than any other institution in the country, and that diversity is reflected among FIU’s physics majors. Site leader Laird Kramer has built a thriving learning community within the department, and is now seeking to expand these efforts to include educating teachers. The PhysTEC project has been able to build on FIU’s Center for High-Energy Physics Research, Education, and Outreach (CHEPREO), which includes a Physics Learning Center targeting underserved students. Project leaders have launched a Learning Assistant program that included eight undergraduates in its first semester of operation, and has grown since then. In 2008 FIU graduated its first physics teacher in a decade, and has more in the pipeline. The university is poised to provide the lion’s share of highly qualified physics teachers to the southern tip of Florida, and especially to Miami-Dade County, one of the largest school districts in the country.

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Eric Brewe Eric Brewe
Laird Kramer Laird Kramer


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Jorge Gibert (2008-2009) Jorge Gibert (2008-2009)
Diane Crenshaw (2009-2010) Diane Crenshaw (2009-2010)
David Jones (2012-2015) David Jones (2012-2015)