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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.

Michael Volpe - U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer

Michael went into the Peace Corp because he wanted to balance the strong analytical skills he learned in Physics with social and cross-cultural skills.

"I was an education volunteer for two years in rural South Africa,  aiding in the development of primary school teachers, " said Michael.  "Not only did I succeed in strengthening my social skills,  but I gained a new perspective of the world. I witnessed both the educational value of a background in physics and its shortcomings."

"Problem solving is perhaps the most valuable tool a student gains from an education in physics. As physicists,  we are trained to first identify the problem,  generate possible solutions using available information,  test these hypotheses and ultimately reach a conclusion. Working with people is not that easy.  Things like culture,  language,  race,  and personality all must be considered in order to understand relationships and create positive change. Living and working in a developing nation made this clear to me."