Peter Garik

Clinical Associate Professor

Peter Garik

Dr. Peter Garik is a clinical associate professor in the Science Education Program at BU Wheelock. He has a secondary appointment in the College of Arts & Science in the Physics Department. His work focuses on science education in high-need school districts.

Dr. Garik is the BU co-investigator and partner in the GLOBE Mission Earth Project, a collaboration of multiple universities funded by a grant from NASA’s Science Activation (SciAct) Program to engage teachers and students in project-based learning with GLOBE Protocols and NASA learning assets. He is also a principal instructor in the BU Learning Assistant Program and one of the initiators of the Improving Teaching of Physics (ITOP) Program for in-service physics teachers.

With collaborators at BU, Dr. Garik has been working in the high-need Providence Public School District to improve science teaching in Grades K-12 since 2015. He is the PI for the Physical Science Urban Noyce Scholars (PSUNS) Project, funded by the NSF Noyce Program, and works with pre-service Robert Noyce Scholars.

Principal Investigator, Preparing Post-Baccalaureate and Undergraduate STEM Majors in the Physical Sciences to be Teachers in High-Need School Districts: Sponsor: National Science Foundation (DUE-1660681), 3/15/2017 – 3/1/2022

Principal Investigator at BU, co-investigator for NASA CAN Mission Earth: Fusing GLOBE with NASA Assets to Build Systemic Innovation in STEM Education Sponsor: NASA, 1/3/16 – 1/2/2021

Principal Investigator, Boston University Noyce Urban Science Scholarships (Project BoNUSS) Sponsor: National Science Foundation, (DUE-1240055), 9/15/12 – 8/31/19

Principal Investigator, Conference Meeting: How Can the History and Philosophy of Science Contribute to Contemporary Science Teaching? Sponsor: National Science Foundation, (DRL-1205273), 1/15/12 – 6/30/16

Principal Investigator, Improving the Quality of Teachers of Physics, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. (1/1/05 – 12/31/07).

Physics for Boston Public School Teachers of Physics, National Science Foundation via subcontract w/Boston Public Schools. (1/1/04 – 12/31/06).

  • American Physical Society
  • International History and Philosophy and Science Teaching Group
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching
  • National Science Teachers Association

PhD, Cornell University, Theoretical Physics

MSc, Cornell University, Physics

BSc, SUNY at Stony Brook, Physics and Mathematics

CAS NS101  Integrated Science I

SED SC 521 Introduction to STEM Theory and Practice (for Learning Assistants)

SED SC 539 Explaining Science: A Philosophical Perspective

SED SC 575 Introduction to Science Education

Dr. Garik’s current research activities focus on the use of environmental science to improve science teaching for grades K-12 and the use of the history and philosophy of science to improve students’ understanding of the nature of science and science citizenship. In 2012 and 2016, with funding from the NSF, and in collaboration with the Boston University Center for Philosophy and History of Science, Dr. Garik hosted two conferences on the history and philosophy of science (HPS) and its connection to science citizenship at Boston University. He retains a strong interest in his earlier research into the use of the visualization of abstract scientific models using computer tools to teach quantum concepts. In his research and development work, Dr. Garik works closely with CAS and Wheelock faculty members.

“Teaching the Conceptual History of Physics to Physics Teachers," P. Garik, L. Garbayo, Y. Benétreau-Dupin, C. Winrich, A. Duffy, N. Gross, and M. Jariwala. Science & Education, 24(4), 387-408 (2015). DOI 10.1007/s11191-014-9731-9

"Report on a Boston University Conference December 7–8, 2012 on How Can the History and Philosophy of Science Contribute to Contemporary US Science Teaching?" P. Garik and Y. Benétreau-Dupin. Science & Education 23(9), 1853-1873 (2014).

“The Impact of Conceptual History on Teachers’ PCK,” Charles Winrich, Babson College, and Peter Garik, Andrew Duffy, Nicholas Gross, and Manher Jariwala, Boston University. International History and Philosophy of Science Teaching Group Conference, Pittsburgh, June 2013.

“Investigating the Effect of Peer Teachers on Learning Environments in Large STEM Courses,” Knight, M.T., Garik, P.S., Moser, A., Hammond, N., Jariwala, M., Spilios, K., Seliga, A., Gross, N., Dill, D., and Goldberg, B. 2013 Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico April 6 -9, 2013 (Conference CD).

“The Impact of an Immersive Course on K-8 Teachers' Content Knowledge,” E.C. Allen, P. S. Garik, M.D. Nolan, T. Hunt, E.M. Jariwala, G. Stevens, B. Goldberg. 2013 Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico April 6 -9, 2013 (Conference CD).

“Interfacial Cellular Mixing and the Determination of Global Deposit Morphology,” P. Garik, J. Hetrick, B. Orr, D. Barkey, and E. Ben-Jacob, Physical Review Letters 66, 1606 (1991).

“The Formation of Patterns in Nonequilibrium Growth,” E. Ben-Jacob and P. Garik, Nature 343, 523 (1990).

“Using GLOBE Hydrology Protocols for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Socioscientific Issues in a High Need Urban District,” K. Johnson, D. DeRosa, P. Garik, B.T. Anderson, C. Farny, and Evangeline Harris-Stefanakis. Poster presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Society, San Francisco, CA, December 9-13, 2019.

“Preparing Noyce Scholars for Culturally Responsive Practice,” P. Garik, T. Wooley-Brown, D. DeRosa, D. Dill, A. Duffy, and M. Greenman. Poster presented at the Annual Noyce Summit, Washington, DC, July 10-12, 2019.

“GLOBE Phenological Gardens in Urban Schools: Using School Gardens to Engage City Students in Science,” P. Garik, K. Johnson, and D. DeRosa. Presentation accepted for the 2019 National Conference of the NSTA. St. Louis, MO, April 11-14, 2019.

“Building Bundles of GLOBE Activities: Facilitating Urban Teachers Implementation of Project Based Learning,” P. Garik, K. Johnson, B. Anderson, D. DeRosa, C. Farny, M. Koch, and E. Stefanakis. Presented by K. Johnson. Washington, DC, December 10-14, 2018.

“Noyce Scholars Reflecting on Culturally Responsive Teaching Experiences in the High Needs Science Classroom,” P. Garik moderator. 2018 Noyce Northeast Regional Conference, New York, NY, April 19-21.

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