Physics, the study of the most basic laws of nature, tells us how and why everything works, from the biggest (the universe) to the smallest (the quarks found inside protons and neutrons). The field of modern electronics began with the discovery of the transistor by physicists. Cutting-edge discoveries in biology are built on our understanding of the structure of DNA, which was first observed in an experiment that used X-rays and was devised by a physicist. Present-day advances require an understanding of the physical interactions of complex biological molecules.
For students, physics is the high school science subject that provides the gateway to careers in all modern sciences and engineering. At the college level, physics provides rigorous preparation for an astonishing variety of careers. Students considering careers as lawyers might find it interesting that the college major with second highest average score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is physics, behind only mathematics. Aspiring physicians might be surprised to learn that only economics majors have a higher average score on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) than physics majors.
The Future Physicists of Florida (FPF) was founded to identify middle school students who have promise in the field of physics and to encourage them to follow a program of studies in high school that will best prepare them for college majors in physics and related fields like engineering. Some FPF inductees will earn Ph.D.’s in physics and go on to exciting careers in industrial and academic research. But many others will take advantage of the skills and discipline they learn in physics and advanced mathematics to succeed in careers like engineering, medicine, and even finance.
FPF began operation with twin induction ceremonies at FSU and UWF in the Fall of 2012 that involved middle schools from Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola and Tallahassee. Both campuses held induction ceremonies again in the Fall of 2013. The Fall 2014 induction ceremony at FSU will be held on Friday, October 24.