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COLLEGE PARK, MD, October 11, 2016 – The Joint Task Force on Undergraduate Physics Programs (J-TUPP), has assembled a new report, entitled Phys21: Preparing Physics Students for 21st Century Careers, which assesses the employment landscape that physics bachelor’s degree recipients are entering and makes recommendations on how physics departments can better prepare physics students for diverse employment.
J-TUPP was convened by the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) with funding from the National Science Foundation. J-TUPP was charged with preparing a report that engages and informs physicists in answering the question: What skills and knowledge should the next generation of undergraduate physics degree holders possess to be well prepared for a diverse set of careers? The report provides guidance for physicists considering revising the undergraduate curriculum to improve the education of a diverse student population.
The Task Force identified several important findings. Some of those findings include:
The Task Force has also identified ways in which physics programs can be modified to achieve the learning goals through collaborative efforts with other disciplines and employers, modification of degree requirements, and incorporation of co-curricular activities. The report makes a series of recommendations, primarily addressed to academic physics departments, including:
Visit J-TUPP for more details.
Paula Heron, J-TUPP co-chair
University of Washington
Laurie McNeil, J-TUPP co-chair
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Contact: James Riordon, APS, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 209-3238
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