Sanjay Rebello Receives Distinguished Service Citation at AAPT Summer Meeting in Portland


Sanjay Rebello received a Distinguished Service Citation from the American Association of Physics Teachers and was presented with the citation at the annual summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Portland.    Established in 1953, the Distinguished Service Citations are presented to members in recognition of their exceptional contributions (e.g., committee, section, or editorial work) to physics teaching.  The nomination for Dr. Rebello is shown below.

Sanjay received his PhD and Master’s degree from Brown University and has been an active member of AAPT since 1995. He became Assistant Professor of Physics at Kansas State University in 2001 and Associate Professor in 2005. He is currently serving on the Graduate Education in Physics Committee. He organized the 2004 PER Conference at the National AAPT Summer meeting. An active member of the AOK Section, Rebello brings his graduate students to section meetings where they always present the latest physics education research that the Kansas State University PER group is conducting. He is the kind of “champion” that a local AAPT section needs to maintain its presence in the greater organization.

Rebello promotes good educational practices in the classroom and he practices what he preaches. His students rave at his ability to assist them in understanding physics at both a conceptual level and at even greater depths. Many of his graduate students have continued the tradition of physics education as they have moved on to their own teaching careers, giving talks at various AAPT meetings around the nation. This is probably the most significant and essential part of what Sanjay Rebello has meant to AAPT.