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Tom Foster

116 Church Street SE,
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
(612) 625-9323


B.S. Engineering Physics, the Ohio State University, 1990.
M.S. Physics, University of Minnesota, 1996
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota, in progress.

ACTIVITIES and HONORS (in no particular order)

Mentor TA: 1993-1996
Problem Solving Laboratory Manual Co-Author: 1991-
UofMN Council of Graduate Students Senator: 1995-1997
UofMN Council of Graduate Students President: 1996-1997
UofMN Graduate School Policy and Review Council Representative: 1995-1996
President's Forum on Teaching and Learning, Invited TA: 1996
University Symposium, Graduate Student Representative: 1996
Outstanding TA Award, physics: 1993
Physics Education Seminar Organizer 1996 -


"Physics Teaching Assistant Experience, Part II: Beliefs About Teaching Physics," Contributed, 1995 AAPT Winter Meeting.
"Consumer Oriented Physics: What Engineering Instructors Want From Us," Contributed, 1995 AAPT Summer Meeting
"TA Training and Techniques for Cooperative Group Problem-Solving," University of Wisconsin Seminar (2/16/96)
"A New Role for Experienced Teaching Assistants: Mentoring," Invited, 1996 AAPT Summer Meeting.
"Problem Solving Labs at the University of Minnesota: Part 1, Context-Rich Problems," Contributed, 1996 AAPT Summer Meeting.
"Problem Solving in Physics," Workshop Co-leader, 1997 AAPT Winter Meeting.
"Physics Education Research - Graduate Students & Post Docs (Crackerbarrel)," Discussion Leader, 1997 AAPT Winter Meeting.


Title: The development of student problem solving skills from instruction emphasizing a qualitative problem-solving strategy.


When I am not working on my thesis, my job, or with the Council of Graduate Students, I am

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Last Updated: March 4, 1997