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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.
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi - Physics Professor

Albert-Laszlo Barabasi was born and raised in Transylvania, and wanted to become a sculptor. He found in school that, as much as he appreciated the arts he perhaps had a greater talent for Physics, after he kept wining Physics competitions in the schools.

He became interested in networks when pursuing his postdoctoral studies at IBM. He was walking in New York City, when he thought about the massive networks of electrical, telephone, gas, and water lines underneath the streets. The idea of finding out more about these networks intrigued him.  As he thought about these utility networks, it struck him that there must be enormous complexity to these networks. "There's no way this could be completely random, " he thought. There had to be more to it, and this observation led him to become more interested in studying networks in more detail.

Some of Barabasi's recent work involves biological networks. One of Barabasi's recent projects on biological networks involved studying how networks can help us understand diseases related to genes; another project focused on how metabolic networks and their properties can help us learn how to design drugs rather than find them through a trial and error process.