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The Compass Project: Charting a New Course in Physics Education

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      This article tells the story of the founding of the Compass Project at UC Berkeley and describes its impacts. The Compass Project is a self-formed group of graduate and undergraduate students in the physical sciences. Its goals are to improve undergraduate physics education, provide our members with opportunities for professional development, and increase retention of students, especially those from populations typically underrepresented in the physical sciences. Compass fosters a diverse, collaborative student community by providing a wide range of services, including a summer program, fall and spring semester courses, mentoring, a research lecture series, and other academic and social support.

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      2012-11-20
      2013-01-11
      1211.4893

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      Appears in Points of View on Physics Today online (http://www.physicstoday.org/daily_edition/points_of_view/the_compass_project_charting_a_new_course_in_physics_education); v2 Corrected typos in concluding section; v3 Updated to match published version
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