Laura McCullough 116 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455 (612) 625-9323
(I'll put a picture here someday!)
I have held a couple of jobs including fast-food and retail work. Then I figured out that working at school is a lot better than any of those! As an undergrad, I have been a tutor, a teaching assistant, and a lab manager. Then I got into grad school where I get a job called "Research Assistant." That means I do whatever needs to be done, including tutoring, assistant teaching, lab managing, etc. You get the point.
For the last couple of years I have been the senior grad student in our research group, which means I do everything. Well, maybe it only seems that way. But I have been collecting our quarterly data, analyzing the data, helping out with our TA Orientation and seminar, helping out with my advisor's projects (see CPU below), teaching, doing my own research, volunteering in student government, and you can't forget that little thesis thing.
I have been a part of the CPU project since 1996, helping to develop and test classroom materials. The CPU project is aimed at creating laboratory and computer-based materials to support a learning environment where students take primary responsibility for developing valid and robust knowledge in physics. It's great fun in the classroom - gives you lots of teaching thrills. I also have helped out in our Physics 1911 class for elementary-education majors, using CPU materials. I have been the support person for the course, doing equipment, helping the instructors, and also teaching it when necessary. I love this class - it is lots of fun, and makes a nice change from dealing with the engineers and our calc-based intro course.
Instructor, CI 5145 TA Orientation, Summer 1998. I was the main instructor for our summer TA Orientation course and the winter and spring TA seminars. The summer orientation is a three-week course for 4 credits that all our new TAs are required to take. The seminars are weekly meetings which give TAs a chance to discuss teaching issues and problems.
Instructor, CI 5533 Studies in Science Education, Winter 1999. This was a neat opportunity for me to teach a grad-level science ed course. The students are mostly high school teachers working on their master's degrees.The course is designed to give them an introduction to doing research in the classroom. Lots of work (especially when I was still taking classes!) but a great experience.
Attended a NSF Faculty Enhancement Conference at Harvard University "Teaching Conservation Laws First", June 1998 (WOW!)
Attended a AAAS/Project 2061 Training Seminar, did consulting work for Project 2061, June 1998
Webmaster for U MN Physics Education site, 1997-98
U of MN Council
of Graduate Students Vice President for
Internal Relations, 1998-99
U of MN Council of Graduate Students Policy and Review Council Student Chair, 1997-98, 1999-2000
U of MN Council of Graduate Students Policy and Review Council Student representative, 1998-99
U of MN Council of Graduate Students Representative for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 1997-99
Graduate Student Representative, Graduate School's Academic Grievance Committee, 1998
Graduate Student Representative, Education and Psychology Policy and Review Course Proposals Committee, 1999
Member, Subcommittee on Graduate Experiences in Ethical Research,Education and Psychology Policy and Review Council, 1998
Volunteer Guide: Opportunity Day for Girls, 1996-1998
Outstanding TA Award, University of Minnesota
Physics Department, 1996
Emma K. Malmstrom Summer Research Scholarship, Hamline University, 1993
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