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The American Physical Society's (APS) Committee on Education (COE) seeks to recognize improvement in undergraduate physics education and support effective practices in education at the undergraduate level with the COE Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education. COE accepts applications from physics departments and/or undergraduate-serving programs in physics, regardless of the size of the institution or the number of physics majors. All programs that have a significant impact on undergraduate physics students are eligible to apply.
Applicants should describe their deliberate and intentional process for improving the department’s educational efforts over a period of at least a few years and should clearly articulate how their program achieves one or more of the following:
The IUPE award will recognize up to three programs each year and will focus on entire undergraduate physics programs rather than individual members of a department.
Please note that it is neither expected nor required that any given program will exhibit improvement in all of the categories listed in the applicant program achievements. It is expected that recognized programs will have excelled in one or more of those areas.
The COE seeks to recognize improvement and success at all types of institutions, ranging from large research universities to small colleges. Applications will be judged within the appropriate context to the greatest extent possible.
To apply, email the following in a single PDF document to the APS Education Department:
We encourage programs not recognized in a particular year to submit new applications after the award period has ended.
A program may submit only one application per year. To encourage broad participation by many programs and to encourage individual programs to commit to sustained improvement and achievement, awardees are eligible to submit new applications after three years.
The APS Committee on Education's Subcommittee on Undergraduate Education will review applications and make recommendations to the APS COE for their fall meeting. The entire committee will make final decisions based on the subcommittee's recommendations.
We encourage representatives of the programs receiving an award to participate in a public recognition ceremony that will typically occur at the APS April Meeting. No travel funds are available to bring recipients to the award reception, nor is it required that they attend.
Current and past awardees are shown at Awardees for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education.