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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
Luz Martinez-Miranda

Luz Martinez-Miranda - Professor

Born in Maryland,  Luz Martinez-Miranda moved to Puerto Rico with her family when she was five. She attended University High School where she became interested in Physics,  through the field of optics. At the same time she was enrolled as a student at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico. She went on to attend the University of Puerto Rico where she majored in physics. She balanced her study with piano,  and by the time she finished her major,  she almost had enough credits to earn a second degree in piano performance,  and decided it would be a shame to not finish.

After earning a Master's from the University of Puerto Rico,  she went to graduate school at M.I.T. It was different that the University of Puerto Rico.  Physics classes at MIT were also much larger than those at the University of Puerto Rico.  "It wasn't a shock,  but it was different."

In graduate school and in her professional life,  Martinez-Miranda has learned to complete quality work without spending all her time in her lab. "You have to strike a balance, " she said. She still plays the piano,  but she doesn't own one. Instead,  she owns a harpsichord,  an instrument similar to the piano that was popular in the 1700s,  on which she plays music by composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach.