Supporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics

The Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of innovative resources, models and tools (RMTs). This project assesses the impact of scaling-up the teaching of physics and engineering to women students in grade levels 11 and 12, particularly in reference to retention. 


  • Focus: PreK-12 students and teachers
  • Funder: National Science Foundation
  • Team: Zahra Hazari (Principal Investigator), Geoffrey Potvin (Co-Principal Investigator), Laird Kramer (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Award Number - Amount: 1721021 - $2,002,111
  • Contact: Zahra Hazari (, Department of Teaching and Learning and affiliate faculty member in the Department of Physics
  • STEP UP website
  • NSF grant webpage