Jessica E Bickel
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 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Physics
 Office: SI 123
 Phone: 216-523-7549,  216-875-9757
 Email: j.e.bickel@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. SI 123, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
STM, AFM, scanning probe microscopy, semiconductors, magnetism, nanoparticles, self-assembly, Physics Education Research (PER)
 
Education:
Ph.D., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Michigan, 2010
M.S., Materials Science & Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007
B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2004
B.M., Oboe Performance, Peabody Conservatory of Music, 2004
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Jessica Bickel received dual bachelors from Johns Hopkins and the Peabody Conservatory. She then went to the University of Michigan where she studied the impact of strain on the surface reconstructions of III-V semiconductors both experimentally (using molecular beam epitaxy and scanning tunneling microscopy) and computationally (using density functional theory). She received her Ph.D in 2010 and moved to Hamburg Germany where she was supported by an Alexander von Humbolt Fellowship to use scanning tunneling microscopy to study small atomic magnets. From Germany she moved back to the U.S. to Mount Holyoke College where she had a research-teaching postdoc and learned pedagogy techniques teaching introductory physics while researching ferromagnetic nanorings. She joined Cleveland State in 2014. For a list of Dr. Bickel's publications, please click on the links in the upper right.
 
Honors and Awards:
Recipient of Teaching Enhancement Award (TEA) - Spring 2021 to Spring 2022

Recipient of CSU Merit Award for Teaching or Teaching and Service - May 2016, May 2018, May 2020

Recipient of CSU Faculty Research Development Grant - May 20016

Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship recipient - June 2010 to January 2011.

Awarded a National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship Program grant (but turned down in order to accept von Humboldt Fellowship) - March 2010.

Ann Olcott Smith Fellowship recipient for graduate students who show "promise of the development of useful original ideas" - February 2009.

Graduate Student Silver Award Recipient at the Materials Research Society Conference - December 2008.

Outstanding Young Research Award Finalist at The Summer School on Modern Concepts for Creating and Analyzing Surfaces and Nanoscale Materials - May 2008.

One of four invited talks, and the only graduate student, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies DOE Program Review - April 2007.


Research Awards/Honors of Student Advisees:
William Myers
- 1st place Physics Poster at USRA Poster Session - Fall 2017
- 3rd place Physics Poster at COSHP Research Day - Spring 2017

John Juchnowski
- 1st place Physics Poster at COSHP Research Day - Spring 2017
- Undergraduate Poster Award at AiCHE - Fall 2016
 
Creative and Activities:
Technology Petting Zoo - Sept 2019
- Demonstrated "Perusall" to encourage student reading

Provost's Teaching Symposium - April 2019
- Presented a poster on "Using Perusall to Encourage Reading"
- Highlighted on a poster about CSU's inaugural Gateway Classes Learning Community

Ohio Undergraduate Education Inspiring Practices for Student Success - Feb 2018
- Participated as part of a panel from CSU's inaugural Gateway Classes Learning Community
- Presented a poster on "Examining the Effect of Peer Instruction Quizzes on Student Success in Introductory Physics" with undergraduate co-author.

Facilitator for American Association of Physics Teachers Faculty Online Learning Community (AAPT-FOLC) where I facilitated the community meetings both synchronous and asynchronous and also secured external speakers
- Cohort 8: January 2018 to December 2018
- Cohort 5: January 2017 to June 2017

CSU Gateway Courses Faculty Learning Community Participant - Fall 2018

Provost's Teaching Summit - April 2018
- Presented poster on "Examining the Effect of Peer Instruction Quizzes on Student Success in Introductory Physics"

Provost's Teaching Summit - May 2017
- Presented poster on "Utilizing Small Whiteboards to Promote Learning in the Classroom"

Participant American Association of Physics Teachers Faculty Online Learning Community (AAPT-FOLC) - January 2016 to January 2017

Attended HHMI Scientific Teaching Workshop - July 2016

Attended American Association of Physics Teachers New Faculty Workshop (AAPT-NFW) - November 2015
 
Research Interests:
I am a nano scientist and a surface scientist. I am interested in self-assembly and how the surface can drive self-assembly of small molecules that are deposited. I am further interested in how properties of materials (electronic, magnetic, transmissive) change due to the impacts of both size and bonding/interfaces. As a teacher/researcher I am also dedicated to utilizing science-driven teaching methods in my classroom and contributing to the growing body of physics education research in peer-instruction.
 
Professional Affiliations:
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Applied Physics Society (APS)
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) (German Physics Society)
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Tau Beta Pi (TBP)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
 
Research Grants:
Last updated: May 2021

External Funding:

1) NSF REU Grant: Synthesis, Assembly and Characterization of Soft Matter Research Experience for Undergraduates
- January 2017-July 2021
- Value: $312,303
- Role: Co-PI with Kiril Streletzky (Physics, CSU)
- *Renewal is pending


Internal Funding:

9) Undergraduate Summer Research Award: Examining Phase Transitions in Absinthe.
- Value: $5,000.
- Duration: Summer 2021
- PI with Co-PI Andrew Resnick (Physics, CSU)

8) Undergraduate Summer Research Award: Orientation of Pentacene on Graphene.
- Value: $4,500.
- Duration: Summer 2020
- PI

7) Undergraduate Summer Research Award: Examining Phase Transitions in Absinthe.
- Value: $4,000.
- Duration: Summer 2019
- PI with Co-PI Andrew Resnick (Physics, CSU)

6) Undergraduate Summer Research Award: Examining the Effect of Peer Instruction Quizzes on Student Outcomes in Introductory Physics.
- Value: $4,410.
- Duration: Summer 2018
- PI with Co-PI Thijs Heus (Physics, CSU)

5) Undergraduate Summer Research Award: Driving Organic Molecule Crystallization with Surface Reconstructions
- Value: $5,000
- Duration: Summer 2017
- Role: single PI

4) Undergraduate Summer Research Award: Scalable Assembly of Anisotropic Nanomaterials onto Corrugated Substrates
- Value: $5,950
- Duration: Summer 2017
- Role: Co-PI grant with Chris Wirth (Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, CSU)

3) Faculty Research Development Grant: Driving Organic Molecule Crystallization with Surface Reconstructions
- Value: $25,000
- Duration: May 2016 - May 2017
- Role: single PI
- Note: This grant has an acceptance rate of approximately 25%

2) Undergraduate Summer Research Award: Driving Organic Molecule Crystallization with Surface Reconstructions
- Value: $5,310
- Duration: Summer 2016
- Role: single PI

1) Undergraduate Summer Research Award: Scalable Assembly of Anisotropic Nanomaterials onto Corrugated Substrates
- Value: $5,941
- Duration: Summer 2016
- Role: Co-PI grant with Chris Wirth (Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, CSU)