Eighty-nine middle schoolers from Jacksonville, Orlando and Tallahassee were inducted into the Future Physicists of Florida during a ceremony at Florida State University on Friday afternoon. Another 34 were awarded 2nd-year member certificates, so that 123 students in total were honored.
The late afternoon ceremony followed a tour of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Magnet Lab Director Greg Boebinger gave the keynote address during the induction ceremony.
Florida A&M University Physics Professor and Associate Vice President for Research Charles Weatherford and FSU Physics Professor Paul Cottle were also present for the ceremony.
This was the third annual FSU induction ceremony for the organization, which also operates at the University of West Florida.
A power point shown during the ceremony which highlights undergraduate and graduate student researchers can be downloaded using the link below.
FSU Physics Professor and National High Magnetic Field Director Greg Boebinger will deliver the keynote address at the 3rd Annual FSU Induction Ceremony for the Future Physicists of Florida on Friday, October 24.
Boebinger will join FPF faculty Charles Weatherford (FAMU) and Paul Cottle (FSU) in welcoming the new class of inductees from middle schools in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tallahassee.
On Tuesday, June 3, Jorge Gonzalez was handed his high school diploma in the graduation ceremony for Miami Senior High School.
Less than three weeks later – on Monday, June 23 – Jorge was welcomed as a new undergraduate researcher at FSU’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Jorge is one of two physics majors in FSU’s new class of Presidential Scholars (the other is Winter Park’s Gregory Seel – you can meet him here).
Jorge became interested in physics as a career when he took Honors Physics in 11th grade with Miami Senior High teacher Javier Rivera. Jorge’s scientific interests are broad – ranging from condensed matter physics (on which he works at the Magnet Lab) to general relativity. He also expresses interest in the next generation of propulsion systems for space travel – ion propulsion drives.
Jorge’s summer research was performed under the guidance of Magnet Lab Research Faculty member Stan Tozer.