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Abstract Title: An Extreme Makeover of the Advanced Labs at Morehouse College
Abstract: At Morehouse College, the Advanced Lab courses are traditionally the only portion of the undergraduate curriculum for Physics, Applied Physics, and Dual Degree Engineering students to gain hands-on experimental knowledge that complement the upper level physics courses. In our department, the Advanced Lab courses consist of Advanced Lab I (required) accompanied by Advanced Lab II, an elective. Over the past decade, several alumni have emphasized the need for a stronger electronics component within our Advanced Lab I, which evolved into a hybrid of both courses. Through unexpected internal funding, we proposed an EXTREME MAKEOVER of our Advanced Lab facilities and curriculum. This EXTREME MAKEOVER was initiated by a series of site visits to gauge how our curriculum and infrastructure as compared to advanced lab facilities at 12 Physics departments across the nation.  On four separate trips, we visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rice University, University of Houston, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Swarthmore College, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, University of California San Diego, University of California-Los Angeles, and California Institute of Technology.   We will highlight the main results of the 12 schools and discuss the major layouts/designs at selected institutions.  We also will discuss several commonalities and "best practices" guideline to the improvements that we propose for our state-of-art facility and curriculum. Lastly, we will present current progress in our EXTREME MAKEOVER and our assessment plans on our students' success.
Abstract Type: Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Willie S. Rockward
Morehouse College
830 Westview Dr SW
Department of Physics
Atlanta, GA 30314
and Co-Presenter(s)
Thomas A. Searles, Department of Physics, Morehouse College