Physical Science careers focus of upcoming seminar for students

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: October 11, 2012

      HAMMOND – A program designed to provide area high school and college students with information on careers in the physical sciences will be held on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus Friday, Nov. 2.

     Career Paths in the Physical Sciences (CaPPS) is a free, full-day program that will feature several panel discussions by professionals from industry and government in physical science occupations, science professors and teachers from area institutions, an overview on preparing for graduate school, and a discussion by graduate students on their preparation and experiences.

     Sponsored by the Southeastern Department of Chemistry and Physics and funded by the university's Student Government Association, the free program will be held in the Pennington Student Activity Center, located on West University Avenue and General Pershing Ave.

     Registration and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The program will include lunch time exhibits with booths from area universities, businesses and student science organizations and will conclude with tours of the campus and the Pursley Hall science building and chemistry and physics demonstrations.

     Debra Dolliver, associate professor of chemistry, said the program is intended primarily for college students interested in scientific careers, high school counselors and scientifically-inclined high school students.

     "Last year we had a good number of area high school juniors and seniors who are considering majoring in the sciences when they go to college or a university," said Dolliver. "The program gives them an excellent introduction into what they can expect as a science major and the challenges they will be facing. College students can gain a great perspective on preparations for graduate studies."

     Registration is online at For more information contact the Department of Chemistry and Physics at 985-549-2160 or e-mail

     "This is the second year we are sponsoring this program, which was well received by area high school students and their teachers," Dolliver added. "We want to show students the wide range of professions and occupations they can consider with a degree in the physical sciences of chemistry or physics. Opportunities extend far beyond a life in academics or in a scientific laboratory."

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