About Our Group

Physics Education Research at UCF is led by two tenure-track assistant professors. Both Dr. Jackie Chini (Jackie) and Dr. Zhongzhou Chen (Chen) received their Ph.D.s in physics for research in physics education. We study issues relevant to the evolving landscape of higher education in physics and collaborate with colleagues in related disciplines. Learn more about our efforts on our research pages!

At UCF, graduate students can earn a Ph.D. in physics and conduct their research in physics education. Our flexible curriculum provides students with strong background in physics and electives that match their research interests. Learn more about our current graduate students and our admissions requirements!

Many faculty in our department have interest in physics education. Learn about their projects!

Latest Research Highlights

Chini Group is Looking for a Post-doc!

Job ad at Academic Jobs Online. Contact Jackie at with any questions!

New NSF-IUSE Award for Jackie and Collaborators in Chemistry and Education

Jackie and collaborators will be studying how popular student-centered learning techniques support students with executive function disorders. Learn more!

Paper on GTA Buy-in Published & Selected as an Editors’ Suggestion

Our exploration of GTA Buy-in to reformed instruction was published in Physical Review Physics Education Research and selected as an Editors’ Suggestion! Congratulations to Matthew Wilcox for his first first author publication!