Physics Enrichment Guide

Who will you be when you graduate from Xavier University? Every experience gained, journey ventured and opportunity explored will, in some way, determine how that question will be answered. So empower yourself within our physics community, and enrich yourself beyond it by taking advantage of what our department, university and city have to offer.

This guide provides ideas and suggestions to help you do so.

Who will you be when you graduate from Xavier University? The choice is yours.

Every Semester:

  • Attend a non-science cultural event, e.g. a guest speaker on campus, a recital, a play, an exhibition.
  • Attend a Physics Club event.
  • Attend the Department Cook-out.
  • Attend the Senior Thesis Presentations in spring.
  • Attend the Celebration of Student Research and Creative Activity in spring.
  • When a guest speaker presents in the physics department, make sure you attend. Guest speakers can give you valuable information about graduate schools or careers outside academics!

Cultural and Intellectual Events

Physics Empowerment Guide

Freshman Year

  • Fall Semester
    • Begin to contemplate which physics track you want to take: physics, applied physics, biophysics..?
    • Talk to your advisor about the possibilities for Study Abroad and Alternative Breaks.
    • Be sure to tell your advisor if you have specific career goals, e.g. Med. School, dental school, graduate school, etc.
  • Spring Semester

    • Visit Career Services Center (CLC 530 see below) to learn about career options and planning
    • Talk to your advisor about your career or graduate school goals
    • Consider volunteering in a science education event (science fairs, science Olympiads)
    • Join LinkedIn and create a profile, invite Dr. Justin Link to be connected, accept the invite to join the alumni group & browse the careers of our alumni.

Sophomore Year

  • Fall Semester
    • Consider declaring a minor (math, chemistry, CSCI, Secondary Education, etc.)
    • Go to a Career Services resume workshop
    • Attend the Career Fair
    • Investigate REU, Study Abroad, internships and research at Xavier
  • Spring Semester
    • Contact Career Services about their Mentoring Program
    • Consider becoming a LAC tutor
    • Is the Hauck Summer fellowship for you? Applications usually come in March
    • Participate over the summer in internship, study abroad, REU or research at Xavier

Junior Year

  • Fall Semester
    • Attend the Career Services Career Fair
    • Investigate REU, Study Abroad, internships and research at Xavier.
    • Attend a Career Services interviewing workshop and update your resume
    • Set up a Linked-In account for professional networking
    • Check out E-Recruiting at the Career Services web site (for internships)
  • Spring Semester
    • Talk to your advisor about graduate school and preparing for the GREs
    • Attend the Career Services Career Fair
    • Plan for your senior thesis!
    • Run for office in the physics club
    • Consider applying for the Hauck Summer Fellowship

Senior Year

  • Fall Semester
    • Volunteer to assist at an X-Experience or Preview day (contact Dept. Chair)
    • Attend the Career Services Fair
    • Apply to Graduate Schools
    • Ask for recommendation letters / resume refs
  • Spring Semester
    • Volunteer to assist at an X-Experience or Preview day (contact Dept. Chair)
    • Interview for jobs, etc!
    • Attend the Career Services Fair
    • Complete Senior Exit Questionnaire
    • Turn in your key and get your deposit back!

Career Services Center Events and Resources

  • Where: Conaton Learning Commons 530
  • When: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5 PM

The Career Services Center offers:

  • Major/Career Planning and Decision-Making
  • Individualized Career Coaching
  • On-Campus Employment and Community Service Jobs Program
  • Xavier University Mentoring Program - CAS and CSSH&E students
  • Career Resource Library
  • Internship Search Assistance
  • Graduate School Timeline Advice
  • Resume and Cover Letter Review
  • Interview Techniques and Preparation
  • Mock Interviews
  • Career Fairs - Fall, Spring, and Education Career Fairs
  • Online Job Board - eRecruiting
  • On-Campus Recruiting (interviews, information tables, etc.)