Careers in science is focus of upcoming seminar for counselors, high school, college students

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
by: Rene Abadie  

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. 7.

Career Paths in the Physical Sciences (CaPPS) is a free, half-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 University Center on University Avenue.

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.

Professor of Chemistry Debra Dolliver is coordinating the event, now in its third year. She said the program is intended primarily for college students interested in scientific careers, high school counselors and scientifically-inclined high school students. High school counselors are especially encouraged to make arrangements for interested students to attend.

Participants in the panel discussions include scientists from LIGO, area companies such as Albemarle and Bercen, Inc., and universities such as LSU, Mississippi State, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and Southeastern.

"In past years, we have 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, and counselors get a better idea of careers available."

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

"We want to students to be exposed to the wide range of professions, options and potential occupations they can consider with a degree in the physical sciences of chemistry or physics, Dolliver added. Opportunities extend far beyond a life in academics or in a scientific laboratory."


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