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Gina Passante

About me

I have been a member of the Physics Department at CSUF since 2015.  My research interested are Physics Education Research, where I focus on how students learn physics concepts.  My main area of interest is how students learn quantum mechanics.

A little background:  I'm originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) and did my BSc in Physics at the local University of Winnipeg.  I was then awarded a Commonwealth scholarship to study Part III Maths at the University of Cambridge.  (This is Part III of the Mathematics Tripos.  It is roughly equivalent to a course-based masters program in North America.)  I then traveled back to Canada and did my PhD at the University of Waterloo studying quantum computing.  Sometime during my PhD I learned that there were researchers in Physics Departments studying how people learn physics.  After reading a little bit about the field I was hooked!  It was then that I decided to transition to Physics Education Research for my postdoc.  After completing my graduate degree I moved to the University of Washington to work with (and learn from) the Physics Education Group where I worked on the development of Tutorials in Physics: Quantum Mechanics.  Please see my Research Interests to learn more about this work and what I am currently working on!