Manher Jariwala

Manher Jariwala

Lecturer (Master Lecturer)
Office: PRB, Room 253. 617-353-5766


Research Interests:

Physics Education Research

I work in the field of physics education research (PER) and am interested in the impact of student-centered, active-engagement, interactive learning environments on students, on instructors, and at the institutional level. Current research projects investigate the implementation of large-scale research-based assessments of student learning using the LASSO platform, the use of computer simulations in group-centered learning activities through the VIPER project, the development of communities of practice formed by undergraduate Learning Assistants working with graduate Teaching Fellows and faculty, and the self-efficacy beliefs of women and underrepresented minorities in physics classes.

Selected publications:

  • “Participation and performance on paper- and computer-based low-stakes assessments”, Jayson M. Nissen, Manher Jariwala, Eleanor W. Close, and Ben Van Dusen, International Journal of STEM Education 5, 21 (2018), doi: 10.1186/s40594-018-0117-4.

  • “Experiences of postdocs and principal investigators in physics education research postdoc hiring”, Alexis V. Knaub, Manher Jariwala, Charles R. Henderson, and Raina Khatri, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 14, 010152 (2018), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.14.010152.

  • “Self-Perception of Teaching Fellows and Learning Assistants in Introductory Physics Classes”, Alex Becker, Bennett Goldberg, and Manher Jariwala, Proceedings of the 2016 Physics Education Research Conference, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016, edited by D. L. Jones, L. Ding, and A. Traxler, doi:10.1119/

  • “Teaching the Conceptual History of Physics to Physics Teachers”, Peter Garik, Luciana Garbayo, Yann Benétreau-Dupin, Charles Winrich, Andrew Duffy, Nicholas Gross, and Manher Jariwala, Science & Education (2015) 24: 387. doi:10.1007/s11191-014-9731-9.

Research Support

  • Collaborative Research: Scaling Undergraduate STEM Transformation and Institutional Networks for Engaged Dissemination (SUSTAINED), National Science Foundation #DUE-1525354 (PI).

  • Developing Simulations for Introductory Physics with Feedback from Learning Assistants, National Science Foundation #DUE-1712159 (co-PI).


  • Ph. D. in Physics, University of Maryland

  • M.S. in Physics, University of Maryland

  • B.S. in Physics, Stanford University


  • Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, Office of the President, Boston University (2016)

  • Neu Family Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University (2015)

  • Gitner Family Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology (with A. Duffy, B. Goldberg, and P. Mehta), Office of the Provost, Boston University (2014)

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