Ph.D. Physics – Kansas State University, 2006
B.S. Physics – Xuzhou Normal University (China), 2000
Dr. Lili Cui joined UMBC directly after obtaining her Ph.D. in 2006.
My research interest is Physics Education Research (PER). Over the past two decades, the Physics Education Research has grown rapidly in the US. PER not only has improved our understanding of how learning occurs in the university physics courses, it has also resulted in a number of effective instructional innovations. At UMBC, we have adopted several research-based proven reforms in the introductory physics courses, such as peer instruction, interactive lecture demonstrations, and use of undergraduate students as learning assistants in labs and discussion sections. In addition to reforming the introductory courses, I am also interested in assessing student learning, developing training programs for teaching assistants and learning assistants, looking at transfer of learning from one subject to another, such as from mathematics to physics, and from physics to biology.