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Milken Scholar 2000
Scholar Profile

Joel Corbo

Higher Education


Joel is a senior research associate in the Center for STEM Learning at the University of Colorado Boulder. His work at CU Boulder focuses on implementing and studying mechanisms that align with the institutional change literature for improving undergraduate education in STEM departments and on researching issues of equity and inclusion in physics. He also helped to found and lead the Berkeley Compass Project, a student-run organization dedicated to supporting underrepresented students in physics through building community and engaging in authentic science, and he co-leads the Access Network, a national network of student-centered equity programs inspired by Compass.

Before coming to CU, Joel received a bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley. As a member of the Whaley group at Berkeley, he studied ultracold atomic gases using quantum Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

High school:  Regis High School


College Year Degree
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
2004 B.S. Physics
University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
2006 M.A. Physics
University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
2013 Ph.D. Physics