Call for Papers

2019 Summer Meeting: July 20-24 — Provo, Utah

Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics

Ethics in the Practice and Application of Science

In this session, we request papers on historical examples of ethical issues in science research, ethical issues in current research practice, and ethical issues in how scientific knowledge is used in society.

Committee on Research in Physics Education

K-12 PER

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

If you research the learning of physics concepts by K-12 students, please submit an abstract for this session.

Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: A Research-Validated Active Learning Strategy for Lectures—Including Clickers and Video Analysis

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Papers on implementations of or innovations with Interactive Lecture Demonstrations are invited.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Effective Practices in Educational Technology

We seek talks detailing the use of modern educational technologies in the teaching of physics at all levels. Technologies may include everything from augmented reality to zip files, not to mention social media, simulations, screencasts, specialized software, and other things that begin with S. Focus can be on tools, pedagogies, or even (gasp) students. Share what works for you!

Committee on Women in Physics

Building Professional Networks

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

While professional networks are helpful, most of us don't have as strong a network as we would like. How have you built your own professional network, helped build one for students or for the teaching community? What works and what does not work? What advice would you give others looking to build their own network or a community-wide network?

Committee on Graduate Education in Physics

The Graduate Physics Education Experience

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

Graduate education in physics provides opportunities to conduct doctoral-level research and have significant influence over shaping future research (and other) agendas of the discipline. Graduate departments are interested in making sure that they successfully evaluate graduate applications and provide educational opportunities to potential students. Also, graduate cohort should receive appropriate support for their retention and enculturation in their doctoral departments. The ‘Graduate education experiences’ is a dais to share the faculty, administrators and students’ experiences of various topics in graduate education including graduate admissions, course-taking, mentoring, professional development and socio-cultural interactions through a series of research talks and panel discussions.

Committee on Contemporary Physics

Cutting-edge Physics in Developing Countries

(Committee on International Physics Education)

Forefront physics research - and education - is increasingly found in developing countries. Presentations in this session will explore some of the world-class physics being done in these places as well as the challenges and benefits.

Star Wars Physics

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

This session will look at the physics as seen in the Star Wars Universe as well as how teachers can enhance their instruction in their physics classrooms. Maybe these physics ideas can apply to us as well as in galaxies far, far away.

Committee on Apparatus

Physics Labs for Life Science Students

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

A large number of biology and pre-health students take undergraduate physics courses every year. In this session, we request examples of biomedically authentic physics lab curriculum that conveys physics concepts and lab skills in a context, which is relevant and engaging to life science students.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Share-a-thon: Active Learning for the 2-Year College

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Please submit a ten-minute presentation of a successful active learning tool or lesson you can't teach without.

Committee on Laboratories

Labs Beyond the First Year (BFYIII): One Year Later

(Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education)

This is an invited/poster session for reports of changes, new experiments, and/or laboratory improvements made at your campus as a result of the BFY III conference. There will be two invited speakers, then we will break for poster viewing and discussion. If you've changed something in your lab or built new apparatus based on something you learned at BFY III, please submit a poster to this session!

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Outreach for Underserved Populations

(Committee on Space Science and Astronomy)

Many outreach activities target K-12 public school students, often from middle-class, English speaking families. We invite presentations about outreach activities to a broad range of communities, such as non-dominant language-speaking families, incarcerated youth or adults, homeschooled families, religious organizations, refugees, and seniors, just to name a few!

Committee on Physics in High Schools

Universal Design for Learning

(Committee on Teacher Preparation)

Have you used the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to: 1) specifically prepare for including students with disabilities or non-dominant language backgrounds in your course; or 2) generally plan for variation in learners’ needs, abilities and interests? Share how you have used the UDL framework to move your course towards accessibility. (Presentations on all course levels welcome.)

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Physicists with Disabilities

(Committee on Professional Concerns)

A recent report to AAPT, found that physicist' disability status played a key role in members' experiences of marginalization and devaluation.. Unlike other sessions at AAPT, this session provides an opportunity for both disabled physicists and non-disabled physicists to share their stories and insights into what it means to be disabled in physics or related fields.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Assessment Strategies, Especially for Upper-division Physics

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

We invite contributed talks from practitioners and education researchers to describe efforts to assess student learning in physics courses, especially at the upper division. We particularly wish to see assignments and assessment strategies focusing on aligning assessment with learning outcomes, addressing implicit bias and inclusivity in assessment, conducting authentic measurement of learning, and encouraging a growth mindset among students.

Committee on Physics in Pre-High School Education

PTRA: Make, Play, Do to Learn

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

Do you have a low cost, easy to make item that uses readily available materials? Do you want to support K-12 education? Create a document that includes the materials needed, the instructions to make it, a picture of a completed item and links to the NGSS. (If you don't know what NGSS are, please contact your local PTRA or Rebbecca V at the AAPT office.) Bring the instructions and the materials for attendees to make your item to the session. Each table will have several items. Please be available to instruct and support the people who come by the table to make your item.

Committee on Laboratories

Sharing Approaches to Meaningful Writing in intro Labs

(Committee on Space Science and Astronomy)

As educators, we want to make intro lab writing meaningful and manageable for students and instructors. We would like to hear your new strategies and practices of enhancing lab writing experiences. This can include instruction, grading, format and style and etc.

Committee on Educational Technologies

Sharing, Improving, and Researching Pedagogies and PER Resources, Using Data Analytics

To provide a higher quality, more affordable, and more personalized learning experience for students, we have to simplify the process of combining educational activities from different sources and different applications - for both teachers and students. Importantly this affords an opportunity to collect and analyze time-stamped educational data to develop and improve pedagogy and to assess students in more depth with the objective of individualizing instruction. Achieving this will require instructors, edtech developers, and educational data miners to engage in more frequent conversation and work in closer collaboration. Steps toward this vision will be presented/discussed: innovative and effective learning applications, actionable data analytics that demonstrably improve instruction, methods of evaluating and curating resources, and examples of online activities for classroom use. Ideally this session will enable instructors to learn the possibilities provided by better resources, technologies and analytics, data scientists to access high quality learning data and understand its educational implications, and researchers to design and conduct innovative educational researches, while engendering conversation and collaborations across these disciplines.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS)

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

We are soliciting contributed posters on new pedagogies and resources for the course on Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences (IPLS). Please consider submitting a poster on your work in the IPLS course involving labs, problems, assessment tools, simulations, resource material, … or any other aspect of the IPLS teaching/learning environment.

Committee on Diversity in Physics

Teaching and Engaging Students at HSIs

Physics programs at HSIs frequently face unique challenges and opportunities. We are soliciting contributed posters on curricular innovation and non-curricular support and engagement programs that are targeted to students at Hispanic Serving Institutions. Please consider submitting a poster on your work at HSIs.

Committee on Physics in Two-Year Colleges

Local Area Physics Groups - How Do You Make Them Work?

Some local area physics groups work, and some struggle. What has worked for you? Let your fellow teacher know what you've done right, and what lessons you have learned in organizing your group.

Committee on Teacher Preparation

PhysTEC in 50 States

(Committee on Physics in High Schools)

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC), which has been working to improve teacher preparation programs for many years, now has sites in all 50 US states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. This session will include presentations from the PhysTEC project director, Monica Plisch, and from supported site leaders, teachers-in-residence, representatives from Member Institutions, and teacher graduates. Talks on all facets of the PhysTEC project are encouraged.

Committee on Science Education for the Public

Science and Society: Climate Change

Scientists often don’t know the best way to engage in the critical challenge of climate change due to its sociopolitical nature. This session will address ways to engage the wider community in communicating the impacts of climate change. What are best practices for addressing climate change in your teaching? What role do scientists play in political discourse over climate change?

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

Contributing To, and Using, the Living Physics Portal


The beta version of Living Physics Portal has been out just long enough for beta users and contributors to report on their experiences with this community resource. Please contribute to this session if you have used materials from the Living Physics Portal or if you have contributed materials. Possible focus includes highlighting the portal features that you found valuable or needing improvement in your finding, choosing and using or adapting portal materials, or preparing your materials for submission. Based on your initial beta experiences, how might you envision your future use of the portal?

Machine Learning in Physics and the Physics Curriculum

(Committee on Educational Technologies)

Do you use machine learning in your physics or education research? Do you teach machine learning in your courses or think about how machine learning can be taught to physics students? Perhaps you do both? In this session, we request papers on how machine learning impacts modern physics research, education research, and curricula as well as how it can be leveraged to improve physics education


SPS Undergraduate Research and Outreach Poster Session

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) invites undergraduate students to share their research work or outreach efforts in poster format.

Committee on Space Science and Astronomy

The Discovery of Gravitational Waves: Four Years Later

This session focusses on developments in gravitational wave theory and detection with an emphasis on the discoveries and advancements made since the first discovery in September 2015. The recent detections of eleven events with one event being the coalescence of neutron stars. Details relating to these events and/or advancements in the interferometer systems internationally are preferred.

Committee on Physics in Undergraduate Education

PICUP: Reports on the Growing Computational Physics Education Revolution

(Committee on Research in Physics Education)

Have you attended a PICUP workshop? Have you been working to integrate computation into your courses? Please join this session to share your trials, tribulations, and successes with integrating computation in your courses.