Edgar   D.  Corpuz

Associate Professor  

Office: ESCNE 3.130
Phone: (956) 665-2153
Email: edgar.corpuz@utrgv.edu

Dr. Edgar D. Corpuz

Dr. Edgar Corpuz is an associate professor of Physics at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV. He received his Ph.D. in Physics with research specialization in physics education at Kansas State University. His research interests include students’ modeling of microscopic phenomena, microgenetic analysis of the dynamics of students’ knowledge construction of physics concepts, facilitating conceptual change in physics, improving students’ physics problem solving skills and performance, integration of web-based interaction system to enhance students’ in-class participation, and development of instructional materials in physics.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Physics Education
    • Teaching and Learning in Physics/Science
  • Education

    • PhD, Physics, Kansas State University, 2006
    • MS, Physics, De La Salle University, 1998
    • BS, Physics, Philippine Normal University, 1991
  • Currently Teaching

    PHYS 1402 91L - General Physics II:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    PHYS 2426 01 - Phys Sci & Engineers II:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Edgar Corpuz, Ma Aileen Corpuz, and Brenda Ramirez. "Inquiry-based activities and its effect on students’ ability to explain related problem scenarios," 2017 Physics Education Research Conference, March 2018.

  • Edgar Corpuz and Sanjay Rebello. "Refining Students' Explanations of an Unfamiliar Physical Phenomenon- Microscopic Friction"," Springer Netherlands: Research in Science Education (August 2017): 35.

  • Liang Zeng, Chris Smith, Gregory Poelzer, Jennifer Rodriguez, Edgar Corpuz, and George Yanev. "Illustrations and supporting texts for sound standing waves of air columns in tubes in introductory physics textbooks," American Physical Society: Physical Review Special Topics-Physics Education Research 10, no. 2 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2014): 24.

  • Edgar Corpuz and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Simple Activities to Improve Students' Understanding of Microscopic Friction," The Physics Teacher 50, no. 5 (May 2012): 293-295.

  • Edgar Corpuz, Ma Aileen Corpuz, and Mary Moriarty. "The use of PDAs as classroom interaction system: Instructors' Perspective," AIP Conf. Proc., 1413, 2011: 155-158.

  • Edgar Corpuz and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Investigating students’ mental models and knowledge construction of microscopic friction. I. Implications for curriculum design and development," Phys. Rev. ST Physics Ed. Research 7 2, (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2011).

  • Edgar Corpuz and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Investigating students’ mental models and knowledge construction of microscopic friction. II. Implications for curriculum design and development," Phys. Rev. ST Physics Ed. Research 7 2, (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2011).

  • Edgar Corpuz, Ma Aileen Corpuz, and Rolando Rosalez. "The Use of a Web-Based Classroom Interaction System in Introductory Physics Classes," AIP Conf. Proc., 1289, no. 109-112 2010.

  • Edgar Corpuz, Ma Aileen Corpuz, Mark Cunningham, Rolando Rosalez, and Liang Zeng. "Enhancing Students’ Classroom Interaction Through the Use of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)," Philadelphia, PA: Proceedings of the 2010 NARST Annual International Conference, March 2010.

  • Douglas Clark, Sharon Schleigh, Cynthia D’ Angelo, Gokhan Ozdemir, Muhsin Menekse, Helen Zhang, and Edgar Corpuz. "Cross-Cultural Analysis of Knowledge Structure Coherence and Understanding of Force," Baltimore, MD: Proceedings of the 2008 National Association for Research in Science Teaching, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2008.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Edgar Corpuz. Enhancing the Recruitment, Retention, Training, and Development of Predominantly Hispanic STEM Majors in the Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics), National Science Foundation, $599,980.00 (April 15, 2012 - March 31, 2018)

  • Edgar Corpuz. Preparing STEM Majors to Become Highly-Qualified Chemistry and Physics High School Teachers in a Predominantly Hispanic Region, National Science Foundation, $1,192,368.00 (September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2017)

  • Edgar Corpuz. Investigating stuents' ability to apply physical principles in a structured inquiry physics laboratory, Undergraduate Research and Service Learning, The University of Texas-Pan American, $2,000.00 (February 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015)

  • Edgar Corpuz. Transfer of learning in the context of an introductory physics lab; is it rare or ubiquitous?, Undergraduate Research and Service Learning, The University of Texas-Pan American, $2,000.00 (October 24, 2012 - August 31, 2013)

  • Edgar Corpuz. The Impact of an Interactive Teaching Approach Using Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) as Classroom Interaction System in a Predominantly Hispanic Institution, National Science Foundation, $149,970.00 (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2012)

  • James Curts. UTPA Mathematics Science Teacher Preparation Academy, the Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation Academy, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, $700,000.00 (July 21, 2009 - July 21, 2011)

  • David Tsay. UTPA Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation Academy (MSTPA), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, $700,000.00 (July 1, 2009 - May 31, 2011)

  • John Villarreal. Preliminary Proposal to Replicate UTeach, Greater Texas Foundation, $45,000.00 (August 1, 2010 - December 3, 2010)

  • Edgar Corpuz. Transfer in the Context of Inquiry-Based General Physics Laboratory, The University of Texas–Pan American, $2,000.00 (September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010)

  • Edgar Corpuz. APS/AAPT Winter Meeting Workshop, Faculty Development Council of the University of Texas-Pan American, $2,505.00 (November 25, 2009)



Selected Presentations


  • Edgar Corpuz, Ma Aileen Corpuz, and Brenda Ramirez. "Students’ explanations of problem scenarios after performing an inquiry-based experiment in two-dimensional motion. ," 2017 AAPT Summer Meeting, American Association of Physics Teachers, Cincinnati, OH (July 2017)

  • Edgar Corpuz, Ma Aileen Corpuz, and Brenda Ramirez. "Inquiry-based activities and its effect on students’ ability to explain related problem scenarios," Physics Education Research Conference 2017, NSF-NSDL, APPT and Compadre, Cincinnati, OH (July 2017)

  • Edgar Corpuz. "Exploring Magnetism," High School Science Teachers Conference, University of Texas-Pan American, (2015)

  • Edgar Corpuz and Brenda Ramirez. "Students’ explanation of real-life situations in an inquiry-based general physics laboratory," Physics Education Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN (July 2014)

  • Edgar Corpuz, Jaime Curts, K. Christopher Smith, John Villarreal, and Liang Zeng. "Preparing STEM majors become highly-qualified chemistry and physics high school teachers in a predominantly hispanic region," NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference, National Science Foundation and Advancing Science, Serving Society, Washington DC (June 2014)

  • Brenda Ramirez and Edgar Corpuz. "Students' Conceptual Understanding of 2-D Motion in an Inquiry-Based Physics Laboratory," UTPA Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Texas-Pan American, (November 2013)

  • Edgar Corpuz. "Department of Physics and Geology: Degree Programs and Student Support Infrastructure & Career Outlook," Bronc Round Up, Undergraduate Recruitment Office, University of Texas-Pan American, (August 2013)

  • Edgar Corpuz. "The Use of Simulations in Teaching Physics," 2013 Noyce Science Teaching Camp, UTPA NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, Edinburg (July 2013)

  • Edgar Corpuz. "The use of web-based classroom interaction system in STEM classes," 2013 Noyce Science Teaching Camp, UTPA NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, Edinburg (July 2013)

  • Brenda Ramirez and Edgar Corpuz. "Static Equilibirum," First Annual Physics Phaire, International Museum of Arts and Science, McAllen, TX (May 2013)

Current Courses

PHYS 1402 91L - General Physics II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
PHYS 2426 01 - Phys Sci & Engineers II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses