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High School Career and Research Exploration Sessions

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University (WVU) is connecting with high school educators and their students 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 students  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

  • Biophysics

  • 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.

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