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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.
Alison Binkowski

Alison Binkowski - Health Policy Analyst

Alison Binkowski has had what many people would consider a "non-traditional" Physics career.  Her passion always drew her towards international health care issues, and some of her personal experiences helped form her concern:  "I thought I wanted to work health, " she says,  "but after a summer in Senegal and Mali with the UN where I ended up being hospitalized in Mali for a week, I became more cognizant of the advantages of working on domestic health issues."

Alison believes that her background in Physics and Computer Science has served her well throughout her work.  "Many fields--including international development and health policy--need more people with strong analytic backgrounds."  For this reason, her training was considered an asset by her academic institutions.  "My analytic training was noted as a primary reason why I was offered a partial academic scholarship in graduate school, and what helped me stand out from other candidates to get my current job at the GAO."

Alison says that she was drawn to Physics because she "was always interested in how the world worked: from why objects fall to what was at the "edge" of the universe. I also found the fact that phenomena could be captured and explained by mathematical formulas elegant, appealing, and even a bit spiritual."