UVa Physics Majors Play Key Role in Physics Teaching Initiative Serving Rural, Low-Income Communities
An innovative pilot program launched by UVA alums, now in its second year, has made significant progress in addressing the disparate access to advanced courses in rural Mississippi. The Global Teaching Project provides promising high school students in rural, low-income communities access to the advanced courses their schools otherwise could not offer, due both to a lack of resources and a chronic and worsening shortage of qualified teachers.
To help implement the course, Dolan turned to UVA physics department chair Bob Jones, whom Dolan knew from their days together as students on Grounds. Jones, in turn, helped recruit UVA undergraduate physics majors to serve as tutors. “I am from Louisiana, so I know the challenges these areas face,” Jones said. “We have remarkable physics students here at UVA, and I knew that their involvement would benefit these high school students immensely.”
Among the UVa Physics majors who served as tutors were: Nick Anderson, Adrien Bernard, Richard Elwell, Jake Goudeau, Vicki Huang, Megan Kenny, Martine Lokken, Dominic Pinnisi, Steven Stetzler, Mansoor Syed, Sam Umbaugh, and Emma Yeats.