Why Study Physics?
"Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science.

Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that lead to technologies which change our lives—from healing joints, to curing cancer, to developing sustainable energy solutions."
            -American Physical Society (APS)
Careers in Physics

"Physics provides a broad training in skills that are valued by all employers; an ability grasp concepts quickly, a determination to find coherent answers, along with problem-solving, analytical, mathematical and IT skills. Even if you decide that you don't want to work in any physics-related industry after your degree, the skills and knowledge that you develop by studying physics will always help you in whichever area you go into. Studying physics at degree level is a good way of keeping your options open."

For statistical data on Physics graduates, including field of employment and typical salaries, see this page from the APS.

National Physics Conferences (2012)

AAPT Summer Meeting, July 28-Aug. 1
The AAPT 2012 Summer Meeting will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The meeting will be held at the University of Pennsylvania. Visit the website for more details. Advance Registration Deadline June 27.

International Conference of Physics Students, Aug. 4-10
ICPS will be held August 4-10 in Utrecht and Enschede, Netherlands. Learn more at their website.

2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon)
The 2012 PhysCon will be held in Orlando, FL, on 8-10 November, 2012, at the Caribe Royale Hotel. The theme: Connecting Worlds Through Science & Service.

For more meetings, visit the National SPS Meetings page.

GRE & REU Information
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standarized test that is a requirement for graduate schools. The Physics GRE consists of 100 five-option multiple-choice questions and students have 2 hours & 50 minutes to complete it. The test mainly focuses on the first three years of undergraduate physics curriculum including: classical mechanics, electromagnetism, optics and wave phenomena, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, special relativity, laboratory methods and other specialized topics. Visit here for a detailed discription of the Physics GRE, including practice problems and study sessions.

Research Experiences for Undergaduates (REU) are summer research programs for students studying science, engineering or mathematics. Most REU sites are held at institutions, like CERN or Fermilab, and are done with a small group of people. For a list of Physics REU, including Indiana and Ohio sites, see this site by the National Science Foundation.
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