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Information for Students

Welcome Students!

In this section, find specialized resources for students in Middle School, High School, and College Level sections.

In our Middle School section, you can:

  • Get advice on coursework which will help prepare you to pursue careers in Physics fields.
  • Find suggested readings to find out more about the lives of famous Physicists.
  • Discover resources to help you to explore Physics, at home and in the classroom.

In our High School section, you can:

  • Get advice on coursework and activities which will help prepare you to pursue careers in Physics fields.
  • Learn about fun ways to explore science while connecting with other students.
  • Find information about Federal Student Aid and Physics programs, scholarships, and clubs.

In our College section, you can:

  • Get advice on how to tailor your undergraduate Physics program to prepare you for specific fields.
  • Find information about how to build skills and make connections through student organizations and job shadowing.
  • Discover resources for helping you decide on a graduate school, or finding and landing that perfect job if you are interested in entering the workforce upon graduation.
Gay Stewart

Gay Stewart - Physics Professor

Gay's Ph.D. dissertation was in the area of high energy physics. While a graduate student, she developed a strong interest in physics education reform.  When she came to the University of Arkansas, Gay began her work on Physics Education Research--a field of Physics which scientifically examines the effectiveness of Physics instruction methods--by engineering her own introductory Physics courses at the University of Arkansas.  In this process she improved the quality of Physics education for a number of her students, some of whom have written back to her years later to thank her for her efforts, even while pursuing careers in completely different fields.

Since then she has been involved in many initiatives to help improve high school Physics teacher preparation, such as PhysTEC and the College Ready Math and Physics Partnership.  She has also been highly involved in efforts to revise introductory Physics courses at universities to be more inquiry-based, and to train teaching assistants to teach these revised courses.