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Physics Graduate Student AssociationAbout Us

What is the PGSA?

The Physics Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is a group of physics graduate students interested in improving the situation of our fellow graduate students by working to increase opportunities for intellectual and professional growth, arranging social activities throughout the year, and communicating to the physics department any problems and grievances the students might have.

Who can be a member of the PGSA?

Any currently enrolled graduate student in the Physics Department at ODU is automatically a member.

Where are they from?

The Physics Department at ODU is one of the most diverse on Campus. Students come from all over the world to study in our department. Currently we have students from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Burma, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and the United States.

Why Physics?

Physics is a field of study full of excitement where future discoveries will continue to change the world in ways beyond our wildest imagination. The laboratory of the physicist extends from the edge of the universe to inside the nucleas of an atom. A physicist may work in a laboratory designing materials for the computer chips of tomorow, or smashing atomic particles aganist one another in a quest to understand how our universe began. Research physicist work in industry and government, in laboratories and hospitals, and on university campuses. Some physicist serve in the military, teach in high schools and universities, design science museum exhibits, write books and news articles about science, give advice to federal, state, local and foreign governnments, work on Wall Street, and run businesses. Furthermore, a degree in physics is an excellent preparation for medical business or law school.