American Physical Society Honors Lewis University Physics

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American Physical Society Honors Lewis University Physics Department

Published: October 19, 2020.

The Department of Physics at Lewis University has received the 2021 Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education by The American Physical Society.

APS is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities.

“This award reflects the successful work of Dr. Joe Kozminski and Physics faculty to provide a comprehensive education at Lewis University, which prepares ethically grounded and socially responsible professionals,” commented Dr. Christopher Sindt, provost.

The Lewis University Physics Department has undergone a dramatic change in the last decade as it worked through its ambitious strategic plan for growth. The department modernized its curriculum moving from the theory-heavy curriculum with only one lab beyond the first year to a curriculum that incorporates active learning, additional laboratory experiences beyond the first year, inquiry and design-based labs that emphasize skill development throughout the curriculum, an independent capstone project, and computational skill development throughout the curriculum.

The department has added several concentrations to the traditional B.S. in Physics and B.A. for teacher preparation, has developed M.S. programs in Physics and Chemical Physics and has started a five-year dual degree program in Physics and either Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with Illinois Tech. These changes, coupled with the opening of a new Science Center and the expansion of undergraduate research opportunities, have led to a tripling of the number of physics majors from fewer than 20 a decade ago to 63 this year.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit for further information.

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