The department’s annual Reverse Interviews Session now involves all STEM fields and is held in the Spring and Fall semesters so that Romers do not miss out. As a reminder, for the past three years, we have offered these informational interviews. Several local alumni and others have come to campus to allow our physics majors to interview them. These reverse interviews were a huge success and seemed to lessen our students' fear of finding jobs for those who are not interested in going to graduate or professional school. We will be having another session this fall 2020. If you live nearby and are interested in such activities, please let us know.
Current and prospective students tried out physics demos during a Friday afternoon visit day. Physics majors enjoyed a chance to show off their toys to fellow students and interested visitors, while practicing their understanding and explanation of these simple physics demonstrations.
The final year and final presentation of the Clare Boothe Lecture Series came full circle in the Spring of 2019, when UD hosted former Clare Boothe Luce Scholar (2016-2017) Mackenzie Warrens as the Clare Boothe Luce Speaker. MacKenzie is a graduate student at Rice University in Nuclear and Plasma Physics and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She spoke about her work at Rice in laser cooling and magnetic traps, her experiences as a graduate student, and as a woman in Physics. She also visited with former classmates, current CBL Scholars and UD women in STEM.
UD alum Sean Kelly talked with UD students on the merits of amateur (ham) radio and his experiences as a first responder in disaster situations. The physics department is working with Mr. Kelly to start an Amateur Radio Club where students learn about ham radio, build their own radios and earn their ham radio license. Not only do students learn practical applications to support their physics education, but they are finding a way to serve their larger community.