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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.

Robert R. Richardson - Patent Attorney

After getting his BS in Physics from the US Naval Academy,  Robert went on to the Naval Nuclear Power Program and served as a nuclear-trained submarine officer before becoming a patent attorney.

Robert's background in Physics makes it easier to understand inventions in areas like semiconductors and ultrasound.  But also,  he says,  "An education in Physics helps me to explain to my children such critical concepts as conservation of angular momentum while spinning around on a kitchen stool or predicting the trajectory of a model rocket."