AAPT: American Association of Physics Teachers
Violence Against Asian Americans and Asians in the US
AAPT response to the killings of Asian American women in Atlanta and the continued violence against Asian Americans and Asians in the US.
Research-validated Resources for Teaching Online
Quickly shifting to online classes? Would you like ideas and resources that align with research-based pedagogical principles?
AAPT Book Archive
A collection of timeless books now digitized in partnership with AIP Publishing - offering introductory, easy-to-read resources, and guidance for physics educators
American Association of Physics Teachers
AAPT® is a professional membership association of scientists dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.
Join The U.S. Physics Team
Represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition with other high school students.
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AAPT Member Spotlight
For me, physics has always been about doing experiments. I’ve always loved discovering how the universe works by building, tinkering, and measuring. That process of discovery helps make my life fulfilling and wondrous; the fact that it’s my job is just an added bonus. Early on in my training as a physicist, I had the chance to teach as an undergraduate course mentor and as a graduate student teaching assistant. I discovered that sharing that sense of wonder with others is just as fulfilling for me as actually doing physics experiments.
In the middle of my time as an experimental physics graduate student, I started to seriously consider being a physics education researcher (aka, a PER person). I wanted to combine the personal fulfillment of teaching with the personal fulfillment of discovering how to teach better. I went to my first Summer AAPT meeting around that time. There I discovered a community of physicists who were as excited as I was, or more so, about physics teaching and learning. It was wonderous! I got very close to switching into PER as a graduate student, but ultimately, and with the support and advice of my mentors, I decided to finish graduate school as a “traditional” experimental physicist.
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