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Deepa Chari



Reader F at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Areas of interest

  • Physics identity, diversity representation in STEM, gender studies in physics 
  • Math-physics interactions in undergraduate courses
  • Student centred teaching and epistemology
  • Responsive teaching, teacher professional development
  • Phenomenology 


    PhD Physics, Dublin Technological University, Dublin, Ireland

Graduate courses 

Postdoctoral research experience

  • (May 2016- Auguest 2019) Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
  • (January 2015- May 2016) Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA

Selective journal publications

Google Scholar Page

  • Hazari Zahra, Chari Deepa, Potvin Geoff, and Brewe Eric (2020) The context dependence of physics identity: Examining the role of performance/competence, recognition, interest, and sense of belonging for lower and upper female physics undergraduates,  Journal of Research in Science Teaching JRST
  • Chari Deepa, Nguyen Hai, Zollman Dean, and Sayre Eleanor (2019) Student and instructor framing in upper-division physics, American Journal of Physics 87, 875. 
  • Malone Andrew, Chari Deepa, Cournane Sean, Nadenova Izabela, Fagan Andrew, and Browne Jacinta (2019), Investigation of the assessment of low degree (<50%) renal artery stenosis based on velocity flow profile analysis using Doppler ultrasound: An in-vitro study, European journal of Physica Medica. Vol. 65, Pages 209–218
  • Chari Deepa and Potvin Geoff (2019) Admissions practices in terminal Master's degree-granting physics departments: A comparative analysis, Physical Review Physics Education Research, 15(1), 010104. DOI: 
  • Browne Jacinta, King Deirdre, Fagan Andrew, Chari Deepa, and Moran Carmel (2019) An investigation of the detection capability of pulsed wave duplex Doppler of low grade stenosis using ultrasound contrast agent microbubbles - An in-vitro study, Ultrasonics, 96, pp 48-54,
  • Potvin Geoff, Chari Deepa, and Hodapp Ted (2017) Investigating approaches to diversity in a national survey of physics doctoral degree programs: The landscape of graduate admissions, Physical Review Physics Education Research, 13 (2), 020142.
  • Chari Deepa,  Irving Paul, Howard Robert, and Bowe Brain (2012) Identifying knowledge, skill, and competence for nanoscience and nanotechnology research: study of researchers’ experiences; Special Issue on current trends in nanotechnology education, International Journal of Engineering Education, 28 (5), pp 1046-1055,

Plenary/invited talks 

  • Vigyan Vidushi-A programmatic effort towards addressing under-representation issues in the graduate-level physics; Chari Deepa, Mazumdar Anwesh, Nanal Vandana, Dighe Amol, Invited talk at the Graduate Education Forum, American Association of Physics Teachers' Summer Meeting (Online), July 31- Aug 4, 2021. 
  • Contributing to research, policy, and practice through science education careers, talk in the seminar series on 'Windows of opportunities in science and engineering' organized by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Mumbai chapter and Indian National Young Academy of Sciences (INYAS), 29 May 2021.
  • Faculty workshop on "Moving towards Physics Education Research (PER) informed instructional reforms" at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, July- August 2020 
  • Examining and Promoting Identity Development for Diversifying Physics at the Pressing for Progress 2019-IPA conference, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India (September 2019)
  • Understanding students as stakeholders for the institutional change, Seminar at TIFR, Hyderabad (September 2019)
  • Prospective graduate students’ views on barriers and motivations towards physics graduate school at the ‘Graduate education experience’ talk symposium, AAPT summer meeting, Provo, Utah, USA (July 2019).
  • Admissions from the racially underrepresented students’ perspectives at the ‘From aspirations to dissertations’ invited session at Physics Education Research Conference, Washington DC, USA. (Aug 2018)
  • Graduate admission practices - multi stakeholders’ perspectives, American Florida Network- Women in STEM Education AFN WISE travel grant lecture at Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA (May 2018)
  • From undergraduate to graduate physics: building a strong physics community, at Physics Department, Texas A&M University, Commerce, Texas, USA (Mar 2018) 
  • Enriching instructional practice through students’ framing of physics problems at Physics Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (Jan 2018)
  • Graduate students’ enculturation at Physics departments at the ‘Multiple perspectives on graduate admissions and diversity in physics’ symposium session, Physics Education Research Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (July 2017)
  • Examining undergraduate students' views of graduate admissions’, talk in ‘Multiple perspectives on graduate admissions and diversity in physics session’ Physics Education Research Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (July 2017)
  • Mathematization in upper division at the HHMI Discipline-Based Education research seminar series, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA (Oct 2016)
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