Peter Garik

Peter Garik

Affiliate Faculty (Clinical Associate Professor - SED/Curriculum & Teaching)
Office: SED, Room 320. 617-353-4735


Research Interests:

Improving Science Teaching

My research centers mainly on how to improve science instruction through visualization of abstract scientific models using computer tools. I have worked on curriculum projects that integrate computer modeling into the classroom; contributed to in-service teacher training projects; and, co-directed the development of a science museum exhibit incorporating hands-on experiments and multimedia displays. Currently my research includes a project that focuses on methods for teaching quantum concepts in general chemistry using computer simulations; a study of expert versus novice understanding of quantum concepts; and, research on engineering instruction. In this research, I work closely with CAS and SED faculty members, and with faculty affiliated with the Science and Mathematics Education Center.


  • Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, Cornell University
  • M.Sc. in Physics, Cornell University
  • B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics, SUNY at Stony Brook