Engaging college physics students with photonics research

Rhys Adams, Lawrence R. Chen, Xu Liu, Xi-Cheng Zhang
2017 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017  
As educators and researchers in the field of photonics, we find what we do to be very exciting, and sharing this passion and excitement to our university students is natural to us. Via outreach programs and college research funding, a new college and university collaboration has broadened our student audience: photonics is brought into the college classroom and research opportunities are provided to college students. Photonics-themed active learning activities are conducted in the college Waves
more » ... n the college Waves and Modern Physics class, helping students forge relationships between course content and modern communications technologies. Presentations on photonics research are prepared and presented by the professor and past college student-researchers. The students are then given a full tour of the photonics university laboratories. Furthermore, funds are set aside to give college students a unique opportunity to assist the college professor with experiments during a paid summer research internship.
doi:10.1117/12.2257357 fatcat:rt3glerwl5gr5di2xcqn52do34