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Chuhee Kwon is a professor and past chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). She strongly believes that education is the key to upward mobility and advocates for making a level playing field for everyone in physics. As a P.I. and co-P.I., she has received over $2.4 million in external grants, half of which was for outreach and diversity-enhancing programs, including the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC), National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and the APS Bridge Program. Under her leadership, the department has more than tripled the number of undergraduate majors and eliminated the achievement gap in gender/ethnicity. Kwon received the 2010 Advancement of Women Award from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, as well as the 2013 Faculty Award for Excellence by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at CSULB. Her research specialty is condensed matter experiment, and she has over 90 peer-reviewed publications in superconducting and magnetic thin films. More than 10 of these papers have undergraduate and master’s student co-authors. She received her B.S. and M.S. in physics from the Seoul National University and the Pohang Institute of Science and Technology, respectively, and her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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