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We are currently not accepting applications for the Physics Ambassador Scholarship. We will likely be advertising again later in the year.  Check back here at a later date for updated information.


Here is the information from last year:


Be an advocate for Physics!   Earn a $300 Scholarship!

We are seeking Physics majors to visit local high school classrooms over Spring Break 2020.   During these visits, you will:

  • Assist the teacher in Physics-related classroom and laboratory activities
  • Serve the community by helping in a classroom
  • Gain experience in speaking to groups and working with young people
  • Discuss careers in Physics with high school students
  • Advertise Physics as a pathway to a wide range of careers
  • Motivate younger people to aspire to careers in science

Spend two days as a Physics Ambassador in a high school during Spring Break (March 16 - 20, 2020) and earn a $300 scholarship.      During your 2-day visit you will give presentations to high school Physics and Physical Sciences classes on possible careers paths available to students with Physics degrees and answer questions from the high school students.  In addition, you will help the teacher with various Physics-related laboratory and classroom activities.   This will be great experience for you as a Physics major, whether you aspire to attend graduate school, work in business or industry, or become a teacher.  

Upon completion of the program, you will be requested to write a short (1-page) summary of your experiences.  This summary will help us evaluate and improve the program.

For an application form, click here. The deadline for applications is Friday February 21.

To prepare your presentation on careers in Physics, we suggest you visit the `Career Resources' web site for the American Institute of Physics at, as well as the `Career Resources' page of the Society of
Physics Students at  You might also review the Department alumni web page at, to get an idea of the wide range of career paths our Physics majors have taken.

For more information, contact the faculty advisors for Physics majors, Dr. Beverly Smith (; 423-439-8418; Brown Hall 273) or Dr. Mark Giroux (; 423-439-8684; Brown Hall 281).

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