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Alyssa Hamre

Job Title

  • Instructor in Physics
    Physics & Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences

Started at Bethel

2012

Education

  • Wheaton College - B.S. in Physics, 2008
  • University of Minnesota - M.S. in Physics, 2011

Areas of expertise

Prof. Hamre is passionate about teaching, including focusing on the exploration of new physics teaching methodology and doing some work in physics education research. Prior research focused on space plasma physics with a focus on the energy processes associated with the Northern Lights. She co-leads the Society for Physics Students group and she heads the Women in Physics & Engineering Club for the department.

Biography

Prof. Hamre received her M.S. in Physics at the University of Minnesota after completing her B.S. in Physics at Wheaton College, IL. Her research is in space plasma physics with a focus on the energy processes associated with the Northern Lights. She continues to monitor space weather and tends to be very excited anytime there are large blobs of plasma coming off of the sun (a critical part of the energization process). She also holds a Minnesota teaching license in 9-12 physics completed through the graduate school at Bethel University.

Within the department, she focuses on the exploration of new physics teaching methodology, and she heads the Women in Physics & Engineering club for the department. Prof. Hamre's passion is teaching, and her favorite part is when students' eyes light up at the "a-ha!'' moment of understanding.