Photograph of Gina Quan and Annie Chase.

Transfer Knowledge

Assistant Professor Gina Quan, Lecturer Annie Chase, and colleagues have been awarded $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation to study the experiences of community college transfer students of color in STEM fields at four-year institutions, and to support them as advocates for institutional change.

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News Highlights

ISB's Upper Floors are Open for Business


The upper-floor classrooms of the brand-new Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) have become available for teaching. 

Funding for the Access Network


Profs. Gina Quan and Brianne Gutman have received $57k in funding from the National Science Foundation for the Access Network.

APS-AAPT Election


Prof. Brianne Gutmann has been elected as an American Physical Society (APS) - American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Member-at-Large.

Eduardo Ibarra Garcia Padilla Chairing a March Meeting Session


Dr. Eduardo Ibarra Garcia Padilla has been invited to chair a prestigious session at the 2024 APS March Meeting.

Silly Talks


Prof. Christopher Smallwood and the Department's own Oasis cover band brought down the house in a thrilling conclusion to the semester seminar series. There were also many talks about cats.

oSTEM Conference Report


Prof. Brianne Gutmann and SJSU students Jacob Garner and Pranav Seetharaman attended the 2023 oSTEM (Out in STEM) conference in Anaheim, CA.