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Chandralekha Singh received an AAPT award for physics education

Chandralekha Singh, holding a marker, points at a whiteboard with graphs on it.

The University of Pittsburgh’s Chandralekha Singh, a distinguished professor of physics in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, has been named the John David Jackson Excellence in Graduate Physics Education Award winner for 2024, the American Association of Physics Teachers announced.

The award is presented to physicists and physics educators who have made outstanding contributions to curriculum development, mentorship or classroom teaching in graduate physics education.

“I am truly honored and humbled to get this award,” said Singh in an AAPT press release. “I have been a member of AAPT since the late 90s, and I am incredibly grateful to AAPT for providing this stimulating community of educators who are passionate about improving the teaching and learning of physics at all levels.”

Singh earned the recognition for her education research work, which has had a wide-reaching impact on graduate physics education and scholarship, along with her own skilled teaching and mentoring practices.

Singh’s work on teaching and learning of quantum mechanics has played a substantial role in pioneering advancements in the greater field of physics education research in advanced courses. She has also conducted research on cognitive issues in learning physics, improving student problem solving and reasoning skills as well as equity and inclusion in physics learning environments.

The award will be presented at the 2024 Summer Meeting of the AAPT, to be held July 6-10 in Boston.


— Nick France, photography by Aimee Obidzinski