Contemporary Physics for Teachers
July 11 - July 23, 2004
A two-credit lecture and laboratory course designed specifically for high school physics teachers. Lectures will be given by Dr. Monica Plisch and other Cornell faculty on topics including: atomic-scale imaging, the Standard Model, nanofabrication of integrated circuits, biophysics, and modern optics. Hands-on activities developed by Cornell scientists working with teachers will be presented by teachers. Lab activities include: building a water analogy to electric circuits, observing subatomic particles with a cloud chamber, probing the structure of a hidden "molecule", and exploring photon energy using fluorescence. Many activities are tied to the NYS Physics Core Curriculum.
Applicants must currently teach at least one period of high school physics per day or give workshop for physics teachers on an on-going basis. Applicants in New York State with tenure are preferred.
Tuition, Stipend, and Housing
Tuition and fees for both courses are paid by CIPT. Participants are housed in one of Cornell's residence halls and receive a stipend of $600, parking, all weekday breakfasts, and some lunches and dinners.
Please download the application form: Application
Form. You may apply for one or both summer courses. In addition
to your completed application, the following materials must be submitted
by March 1, 2004:
- A statement of purpose explaining your reasons for interest in the program and way in which the experience will benefit your students.
- Your resume and a list of conferences, workshops, and courses attended in the past three years.
- Two letters of recommendation from a professional colleague or school administrator. In addition, you may submit an optional recommendation letter from a student.
- The profile sheet from the high school where you are employed, or a description
of your school that includes size, grade levels taught, students' socioeconomic
status, type of locality (urban, suburban, rural), and percentage of students
going on to college.
All materials must be mailed to:
Center for Nanoscale Systems
632 Clark Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Telephone: (607) 255-9434