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Emily Alicea-Muñoz
Research Technician
Education
  • Ph.D. Physics (Physics Education Research, Doctoral Minor in Higher Education), Georgia Institute of Technology (2020)
  • M.S. Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pennsylvania State University (2011)
  • B.S. Physics, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (2003)
Research Interests

My PhD work, under the guidance of Professor Mike Schatz, focused on the professional development of physics graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). I developed and taught the course CETL 8000 PH1 - Physics GTA Preparation, along with the Physics GTA Resources website. I continue working on data analysis from the first seven years of the GTA prep class, and continue to modify and improve its curriculum on a yearly basis.

My other research interests include feedback and assessment of teaching effectiveness, students' approaches to problem-solving in introductory physics, and physics/astronomy outreach methodologies within the frameworks of Physics Education Research (PER). 

In the past, I did research on gravitational waves from cosmological black hole mergers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Honors and Awards:

While at Georgia Tech

  • OMED Tower Award (2020)
  • Weatherly Travel Award (2017)
  • Georgia Tech Graduate Student Instructor of the Year (2017)
  • School of Physics Graduate Student Instructor of the Year (2017)
  • SGA Conference Fund Award (2016, 2017)
  • POD Network GPSD Career Development Award (2016)
  • Goizueta Foundation Fellowship (2015-2018)
  • AAPT Outstanding Physics Teaching Assistant Award (2013, 2015)

Before Georgia Tech

  • Time-off Award (NASA GSFC, 2010)
  • Bunton-Waller Fellowship (Penn State, 2003-2005)
  • Braddocks/Roberts Fellowship (Penn State, 2003)
  • Rahsaan Jackson Presentation Award (NASA GSFC, 2003)
  • Enrico Fermi Physics Award (UPR Mayagüez, 2003)
Talks:

Invited Talks

  • Transforming the Preparation of Physics GTAs (Juried Talk, Virtual PERC 2020)
  • Roleplaying in GTA Preparation: Microteaching and Lab Simulation (AAPT Virtual Summer Meeting 2020)
  • Transforming the Preparation of Physics Graduate Teaching Assistants (PER Seminar, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, 2019)
  • TA Professional Development: A Graduate Student's Perspective (APS March Meeting 2016)
  • Mentoring TAs: Lessons Learned from the Physics GTA Development Program (CETL Engaging Conversations Series, 2014)

Contributed Talks

  • Research Results and Best Practices for GTA Preparation (AAPT Virtual Summer Meeting 2020)
  • Looking back on six years of GTA preparation (AAPT Summer Meeting 2019)
  • What elements of GTA development do GTAs find most useful? (AAPT Summer Meeting 2017)
  • Effects of a professional development program on GTA teaching effectiveness (AAPT Winter Meeting 2017)
  • Disciplinary TA Development: Partnerships between Centers and Departments (POD Network Conference 2016, co-presented with Dr Carol Subiño Sullivan)
  • Design and Implementation of a Physics GTA Development Program (AAPT Summer Meeting 2015)
  • Training and Career Development of Physics Teaching Assistants (AAPT Summer Meeting 2014)

Posters

  • Assessing a GTA Professional Development Program (PERC 2017)
  • GTA Preparation in the School of Physics (GT STEM Education Research Expo, 2015)
  • Training and Career Development of Physics Teaching Assistants (PERC 2014)

Before Georgia Tech

  • Black Hole Mergers as Probes of Structure Formation (Astrophysics Science Division Seminar, NASA GSFC, 2010)
  • Using Black Hole Mergers to Explore Structure Formation (Poster, AAS Meeting 2009)
  • Using Black Hole Mergers to Explore Structure Formation (Poster, 24th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, 2008)
  • Black Hole Mergers as Probes of Structure Formation (Research Talk, 11th Eastern Gravity Meeting, 2008)
  • Massive Black Hole Merger Rates (Poster, AAS Meeting 2006)
  • Massive Black Hole Merger Rates (Research Talk, 9th Eastern Gravity Meeting, 2006)
  • Massive Black Hole Binary Merger Rates in a Hierarchical Model of Structure Formation (Poster, APS April Meeting 2005)
  • Massive Black Hole Binary Merger Rates in a Hierarchical Model of Structure Formation (REU Talk, NASA GSFC, 2004)
  • PoST Pixel Differentiation at Low X-Ray Energies (REU Talk, NASA GSFC, 2003)
  • Pulsations in Metal-Deficient Field Giants (Poster, AAS Meeting 2003)
  • Pulsations in Metal-Deficient Field Giants (REU Talk, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 2002)
  • Investigations of Single Pulses from Radio Pulsars (Research Talk, 22nd Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting, 2002)
  • Diffraction Effects in SURF Beamline 3 (REU Talk, NASA GSFC, 2001)
  • Investigations of Single Pulses from Radio Pulsar PSR 0540+23 (Research Talk, 21st Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting, 2001)