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Adopt-a-Physicist – 2016 Program
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Dear Sigma Pi Sigma (ΣΠΣ) member,

I wanted to bring to your attention some great news:

The Adopt-a-Physicist program is off to a great start! This program connects high school students with Physicists from a broad array of backgrounds and interests. It is through this program that in 2015 over 100 high school classes were able to have almost 500 conversations with Physicists about anything they wanted to know: careers, school, work, science, and even family balance!

This fall we have 115 classrooms who have selected to interact with scientists from all around the world. Since each classroom can contact multiple physicists, this means that we can expect up to 575 student/Physicist interactions and we need your help to do it!

If you would be interested in serving as a Physicist that is asked questions by high school students, please sign up here.

The program dates for 2016 are as follows:

  • Teacher Registration: August 24 - September 9 (or until full)
  • Physicist Registration: September 10 - September 19 (or until full)
  • Teachers adopt physicists: September 26 - October 3
  • Discussion forums open for students: October 7 - October 24
  • Discussion forums open for physicists: October 7 - October 28
  • Post introductory message: October 7
  • Physicists post concluding message: October 28
  • Students post concluding message: October 24

Physicists and students participating in Adopt-a-Physicist interact for a three-week period. Before this period begins, each physicist creates a Facebook-like profile page on the Adopt-a-Physicist website. Teachers then choose up to five physicists for each of their participating classes to “adopt”, preferably from different career categories. By “adopting” a physicist, a teacher is registering his or her class for an online discussion forum hosted by that physicist.

During a three-week period that the discussion forums are open, small groups of students within each class are encouraged to talk to their physicist about his or her career, educational background, most interesting projects, and anything else the students would like to know. Students are expected to report back to their class on their experience at the end of the three weeks. Since each class can have up to five physicists, each class hears multiple stories.

Adopt-a-Physicist is run by Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, and many of the volunteer physicists are Sigma Pi Sigma members. This is one of our most important programs and it’s a success because of you. Please help us make 2016 a success.

Thank you for your time and support. Together we can change the world one student at a time.

Brad R. Conrad, Ph.D.
Director, Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
Tel: 301-209-3111

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