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Geoffrey Potvin

Title: Associate Professor

Office: CP 206, VH 144

Phone: 305-348-7614

Email: gpotvin@fiu.edu

Specialty: Physics Education Research, Engineering Education Research

Department(s): Physics, STEM Transformation Institute

Geoff Potvin completed his doctorate in theoretical physics at the University of Toronto before taking up a science education post-doctorate in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to FIU, he spent five years as a faculty member in the Department of Engineering & Science Education at Clemson University. His research is focused on understanding diversity issues in the physical sciences and engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Using an identity lens, he studies how educational practices and other experiences influence students' attitudes and career intentions, especially for those who are traditionally marginalized from STEM.

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His research is focused on understanding diversity issues in the physical sciences and engineering at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Using an identity lens, he studies how educational practices and other experiences influence students' attitudes and career intentions, especially for those who are traditionally marginalized from STEM. He is working with the APS Bridge Program to understand how departmental admissions and retention practices can help to grow a more diverse body of future physicists, and the factors that affect student success in graduate physics.