$1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation

Eleanor Raulerson Sayre ’02, associate professor of physics at Kansas State University, was awarded an NSF grant for her research project on PhysPort (physport.org), an online professional development tool used by physics professors internationally. Sayre’s project, in collaboration with the American Association of Physics Teachers, investigates the effect PhysPort has on the practice of teaching physics. Kansas State University and the association jointly designed the tool to support physics faculty in using research-based teaching and assessment methods through expert recommendations, teaching method guides, assessment resources, and online workshops. “PhysPort is already a great resource for physics faculty, and this new grant will enable us to more carefully measure faculty needs around professional development and data analysis for education,” Sayre says.