PhysTEC Grants

Announcing Five (5) New PhysTEC Sites

PhysTEC is pleased to announce that five sites were selected in December 2019 to receive funding as Recruiting Sites:

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

These new PhysTEC Recruiting Sites are well poised to help meet the nation’s dire need for more physics teachers by developing and sustaining successful recruiting strategies that can be implemented at a wide variety of institutions.

The project will offer up to $25,000 for two years for each institution to achieve its project goals. Funding is set to begin on July 1, 2020. In addition, each project team will be able to network with and learn from the best programs throughout the country.

Each site will be focusing on the first three PTEPA Rubric standards: institutional commitment, leadership and collaboration, and recruitment. Read more about the selection in APS News.

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.

Currently Funded Sites

PhysTEC is currently funding four (4) institutions as Comprehensive Sites with the intention that they become thriving programs that graduate five or more physics teachers per year. PhysTEC provides up to $100,000 per year for 3 years and networking opportunities with the best physics teacher preparation programs in the country for the institution to achieve their project goals. As announced in the January 2019 edition of APS News, the four funded sites are:

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

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 40 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 here.