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Abstract Title: Computation across the curriculum: What skills are needed?
Abstract: Computation, the use of a computer to solve, simulate, or visualize a physical problem, has revolutionized how physics research is done. Computation is used widely to model systems, to simulate experiments, and to analyze data. Yet, in most undergraduate programs, students have little formal opportunity to engage with computation and, thus, are left to their own to develop their computational expertise. As part of a larger project to study how computation is incorporated in some undergraduate physics programs (and how it might be further incorporated), we have conducted a series of interviews with industry professionals, academic faculty, and employed bachelor's graduates who make use of computation in their everyday work. We present results from these interviews that speak to how interview participants developed the requisite skills to do professional computational work and what skills they perceive are necessary to conduct such work. The research is funded by NSF DUE 1431776.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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Primary Contact: Marcos (Danny) Caballero
Department of Physics and Astronomy & CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University
567 Wilson Rd., Room 1310A
East Lansing, MI 48824

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