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Recognition Details & Expectations of Programs

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. 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.  

It is neither expected nor required that any given program will exhibit improvement in all of the applicant program achievements described on the Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education web page.  It is expected that recognized programs will have excelled in one or more of those areas.

Please complete the form below with relevant data and attach your narrative, supplementary materials and supporting letters, as a single PDF:

Your two- to three-page narrative should include:

  • A clear outline of the improvements and achievements for which the program is seeking recognition.
  • A description of the overall undergraduate physics program at the institution, including the curriculum at both the introductory and upper-division levels, the student populations served, any regional factors, resources and facilities, and other information that is relevant to establishing the excellence of the program.
  • A summary of relevant data and documentary evidence to support claims of improvement, transformation in the program, growth, impact, and other successes for which the program is seeking recognition. Data provided should show evidence that improvements have been sustained over a period of at least a few years

Supplementary materials (of up to 10 pages) will be accepted, but the two to three page narrative should describe programmatic efforts completely, independent of supplements.

Additional supporting letters may be included but are not required.

If you have any questions please email the APS Education Department.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.