Associate Professor Maria Parappilly

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

place Physical Sciences (3001)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ph.D in Theoretical Particle Physics from The University of Adelaide (2006)

Honours, awards and grants

Fellow: Australian Institute of Physics 2018 Elected as a Fellow_AIP

Australian Competitive Grants: Australian Government Department of Industry,Innovation and Science WISE Grant 2018 (Parappilly, Lenehan, Day and Herraman):$167,960 Commonwealth Grant

The 2017 South Australian Women's Honour Roll Honour roll for popular physics lecturer

The International 2017 D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning (Physics)-Society for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education-Canada International Innovation Award

The National Science Week Grant 2016 (Ellis, Parappilly, Randhawa, Burke da Silva): $15,000.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Funding 2016 (Parappilly, Burke da Silva): STEM: Women Branching Out;$18,000

The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2015.

National OLT Citation Award 2015 for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning-The Australian Awards for University Teaching.

The South Australian Science Excellence Awards: Early Career STEM Educator of the year 2015–Tertiary Teaching.

Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2015.

Faculty of Science and Engineering Research Establishment Funding 2015: $20,000.

Flinders University Leadership Program (FULP) Certificate of Completion 2015.

Faculty Nomination to attend The 5th National Higher Education Women's Leadership Summit 2015.

Faculty of Science& Engineering Collaborative Research Initiative Project Grant 2014 (Parappilly, Anderson); $3000.

Faculty of Science & Engineering Research Establishment Funding 2014: $60,000 over three years.

Flinders University ETPPAFYC Grant 2013 (Parappilly, Pyke): $4000.

Finalist: 2013 SA Science Excellence Awards- Early Career STEM Educator of the year (Tertiary Teaching)

Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant 2012 (Parappilly, Harmer-Basell):$10,000.

Faculty Scholar, Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2012/2013

Science and Mathematics network of Australian university educators-SaMnet Scholar 2012.

Grant awarded through the ALTC National Teaching Fellowship 2011 on Inquiry Oriented Learning

Flinders Foundations of University Teaching (FFOUT) Certificate 2008.

Flinders University Transition Grant 2007:

PANIC05 (Particle and Nuclei International Conference, Santa Fe, USA) Student Award 2005

Key responsibilities

Research Section Head: STEM Education

Self-Assessment Team (SAT): Athena SWAN Project

Course Coordinator: Bachelor of Science (Physics)

First Year Science Enrolment Counsellor

Teaching interests
PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World
PHYS1702 Physics for the Health Sciences
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I
PHYS1102 Fundamental Physics II
PHYS1332 Physics for Engineers
Topic coordinator
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I (S2)
PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World (NS2)
PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World (S1)
PHYS1332 Physics for Engineers (S2)
Topic lecturer
PHYS1332 Physics for Engineers
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I
PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World
ENGR1732 Mechanical and Electrical Fundamentals
Supervisory interests
Education, physics
Science education
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Science Education (1)
Associate supervisor: Physics Education (1)
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