The Future Physicists of Florida will be doubling its footprint this fall, adding induction ceremonies in Bay and Monroe Counties as it also holds its fourth annual induction ceremonies at the Florida State University main campus in Tallahassee and at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.
The Monroe County induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 10, will be held at the end of a Physics Field Day being organized by the Monroe County School District. The event will be a major undertaking, given the geography of the 100 mile long chain of Keys that composes Monroe County. The scientific keynote speaker for the Monroe County induction will be FSU Physics Professor Jorge Piekarewicz, who will speak on neutron stars. Professor Piekarewicz will also be the scientific keynote speaker for the FSU main campus induction ceremony, which will be held on the afternoon of Friday, November 6.
The Bay County ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 29 at FSU’s Panama City campus, which houses a bachelor’s degree program in engineering. Panama City is also home to a large engineering community associated with the Naval Surface Warfare Center and Tyndall Air Force Base. The keynote speaker for the Bay County induction ceremony has not yet been announced.
Future Physicists of Florida (FPF) is a program that promotes the strong preparation of students for college majors in engineering and science by recognizing middle school students who have demonstrated potential in math and science. FPF provides these students and their parents with encouragement to take the challenging high school courses in math and science that are necessary to properly prepare for these college majors.