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Jessica earned an Associate degree in liberal arts and science – math/science from SUNY Tompkins-Cortland Community College (TC3) in 2007, and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2010. She has been a member of the Physics Education Research Laboratory since Fall 2010.
Jessica has been involved in two areas of research. The first during an REU at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she worked with Dr. Peter Persans to find steady state photoconductivity and temperature dependence of “black silicon”. She has also worked with Dr. Scott V. Franklin at RIT and Eleanor C. Sayre at Wabash College to reproduce a study at RIT that had originally been carried out at Ohio State University. The study involved the time fluctuation/evolution of student knowledge on a specific set of physics concepts.
Jessica’s teaching experience began as a peer tutor at TC3. There, she tutored most introductory sciences and writing. At RIT, she was an undergraduate teaching assistant for classroom activities in the introductory calculus based physics sequence. At the University of Maine, she is teaches recitations/workshops and labs for the calculus-based introductory physics sequence (PHY 121/122).
Jessica’s current research centers around the interface between mathematics and physics for the thermodynamic energies in upper level thermodynamic and statistical mechanics courses.