Research and Career Exploration Sessions
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University (WVU) is connecting
with high school educators and their
regarding the value of a Bachelor's degree in Physics and
pathways to undergraduate study at WVU.
As a part of this initiative, we are conducting
30–60 minute informational sessions via Zoom with teachers/counselors and their
in a classroom setting.
The sessions are led by members of the WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy faculty and undergraduate Physics majors. We hope you will join us for one
of these exciting Research and Career Exploration Sessions!
About the Sessions
The session will offer more specialized information about the department, plus a chance to talk to the actual professors who are teaching the courses and doing the research. An undergraduate physics major will also join the session to answer questions and share firsthand information. The session hosts will discuss careers in Physics and Astronomy, answer questions that students may have, and share about the research that they are involved in at WVU.
For students interested in lab or research science, it is a great opportunity to learn about the university, our department, and our research. For students who aren't quite sure what they are interested in, it may open doors to the possibility of physics in their future. Furthermore, a student could identify a professor they’d be interested in pursuing research with upon arrival at WVU, should they choose to attend.
About Our Faculty & Department
Our faculty are known for their student-centered approach and cutting-edge research funded by, among others, the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the US Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy. We are home to seven research groups in the areas of Physics and Astronomy:
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Experimental Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Optical and Laser Physics
Theoretical and Computational Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Physics Education Research
Plasma and Space Physics
Our department also has partnerships with national laboratories and facilities including the Green Bank Observatory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory.