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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.
Catherine Mader

Catherine Mader - Professor of Physics,  Chair of Physics Department

Mader grew up in Colorado and became hooked on Physics in her high school Physics class.  After four years at the Colorado School of Mines,  she decided to stay for another year to get a Masters of Science degree.  That was so fun,  that she decided to pursue a Ph. D. at Michigan State University.  Along the way,  she discovered she enjoyed teaching as much as she enjoyed research and so after completing her degree at Michigan State,  she joined the faculty at Hope College.