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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.
Margaret Murnane

Margaret Murnane - Professor

Margaret Murnane grew up in Ireland. Her father was an elementary school teacher who encouraged her love of math and science with puzzles and chocolate reward for a job well done. Murnane took physics in high school and loved it,  despite it being her worst subject. She went on to earn her Bachelors and Masters in physics from University College Cork,  and then moved to the United States to study at the University of California in Berkley. While studying there,  she met and fell in love with Henry Kapteyn,  and American physics grad student. The two are married and run a lab together.