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Sébastien Cormier, PhD

Sébastien Cormier has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Physics department since September of 2012. He teaches Introductory Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. His research interests are in the fields of Physics and Astronomy Education Research where he develops curriculum and STEM outreach programs


Dr. Cormier completed his B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Guelph in 1996. He then completed a Masters degree with a dissertation on the secondary electron emission properties of molybdenum disulfide at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario in 1998. He completed his Ph.D. in Physics with a dissertation in physics education research at City University of New York in 2009.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Dr. Cormier develops research-based curriculum to provide new tools for use in the STEM classroom including creation of simulation-based or game-based software. He has worked on investigating the impact that participation in online citizen science programs have on the user’s understanding of science. He has also participated in the development of STEM outreach programs to increase the appeal of science to groups that are underrepresented in STEM fields.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Cormier has taught in a wide variety of contexts including physics for scientists and non-scientists, astronomy 101 courses, and teacher training science classes for both in-service and pre-service K-12 teachers. Dr. Cormier also ran the City College New York Planetarium for 6 years, doing public outreach and supplementing college astronomy courses. Dr. Cormier is particularly interested in testing research-based interactive learning techniques.