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Melissa Eblen-Zayas

Professor of Physics, Physics and Astronomy

Education & Professional History

Smith College, BA; University of Minnesota, PhD

I am a condensed matter experimental physicist, with a particular interest in correlated electron systems. I am also engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning with interests in teaching with technology and advanced laboratory instruction.

Having served as Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching from 2016-2020, I am invested in supporting faculty professional development and fostering collegial efforts to implement research-based effective practices in the classroom.

I am particularly interested in exploring how to effectively use technology in teaching in the residential liberal arts setting. I designed, developed, and taught the hybrid Carleton Undergraduate Bridge Experience (CUBE), which started in 2016. Currently, I am the PI on an NSF grant to the LACOL consortium that is exploring factors that impact adaptation and adoption of online resources to support student quantitative skill building (QLAB).

At Carleton since 2005.

Highlights & Recent Activity

In my teaching, I am particularly interested in how to provide students meaningful opportunities for independent projects in the advanced lab. My work on this topic has led to several publications in recent years:

  • M. Eblen-Zayas, “Development and supervision of independent projects,” In Experimental Physics: Principles and Practice for the Laboratory, edited by Walter Smith, CRC Press, pg 289-298 (2020). 
  • M. Eblen-Zayas and R. C. Terrien, “Lessons learned from five years of student self-directed experimental projects in the advanced lab,” 2018 Conference on Laboratory Instruction Beyond the First Year of College Proceedings [Baltimore, MD, July 25-27, 2018], edited by M. Eblen-Zayas, E. Behringer, M. Dark McNeese, E. Geneston, doi:10.1119/ (2018).
  • M. Eblen-Zayas, “The impact of metacognitive activities on student attitudes towards experimental physics,” 2016 PERC Proceedings, edited by D. L. Jones, L. Ding, and A. Traxler, 104, doi:10.1119/ (2016).

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Physical Society (DCMP, DMP, FEd)

American Association of Physics Teachers

Council on Undergraduate Research

POD Network

Current Courses

  • Spring 2021
    PHYS 342: Contemporary Experimental Physics and Lab
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Curriculum Vitae