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UWEC Physics Department Recognized as a Leader in Preparing Students for the Technical Workforce

The UWEC Department of Physics &Astronomy was one of eight
selected nationally by the American Institute of Physics as a case study for
the best practices of physics departments with a record of success in preparing
students for careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Math). The departments were also selected for graduating large numbers of
physics majors relative to peer institutions.  The UWEC physics
department employs many of the high-impact practices highlighted in the final
report.  These include deeply involving students in undergraduate
research and offering lab classes with direct applications to the scientific
and engineering workplace. The report particularly commended coursework
such as UWEC's involving LabVIEW, a software package widely used in
industry. The departmental culture is one where students are encouraged to
help both peers and incoming students succeed in the physics major and prepare
for life after graduation, partly through its active Society of Physics Students
group.  These characteristics were also flagged as ways departments
can motivate and prepare students for outstanding STEM careers. The
report, Equipping Physics Majors for the STEM Workforce, is available

Blake Smith and Dr. Erik HendricksonUW-Eau Claire Society of Physics Students designated 2014 Distinguished Chapter!

Great job to all of our Physics & Astronomy students and their advisor Dr. Erik Hendrickson!  Please check out a full list of winners on the SPS website:

\\staffThe Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program


Thomas Nevins, a junior Physics major from Chippewa Falls, has been selected as a recipient of a 2013 Goldwater Scholarship.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.Its goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists,mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students whointend to pursue careers in these fields.

Click here for the news release with more information.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Career Pathways Project


The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Career Pathways Project elected the UW-Eau Claire Physics and Astronomy Department for a site visit, which occurred February 2012. Their report states "The site visit team was both impressed and inspired by this visit. The Eau Claire Physics Department faculty and staff are clearly committed to helping students succeed in physics regardless of career or graduate school ambition and academic potential."

Read the full report here.