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Physics Alumni Lecture Series

In 1998, the Physics Department initiated the Physics Alumni Lecture Series (PALS), a comprehensive program designed to expose UA students to the many available diverse career paths, particularly for those students who incorporate some science, mathematics, or engineering into their academic programs. PALS provides essential personal networking and mentoring opportunities for students that can lead to future employment by inviting distinguished physics alumni who have excelled in non-traditional careers, such as journalism, finance, and entertainment, back to the UA to meet with current students.

Previous PALS speakers have discussed the possible career options available for students of all majors and give an informal workshop about their career paths and the preparation necessary to achieve their goals. Students have the opportunity to interact with the PALS speaker and in particular, discover first-hand the exact preparation needed at the UA for a specific occupation.

History and Results of PALS Workshops

The Physics Department implemented PALS in the spring of 1998 and since then, the workshops have become so popular across campus that they regularly attract a standing-room-only crowd of over 50 participants. Alumni from such diverse fields as public affairs, creative writing, law, and library science have presented informative and unique workshops for students, enticing them with personal stories and invaluable inside information as to how to succeed in their industry.

How to Get Involved

Interested in being our next PALS speaker? Let us know! Please contact us via e-mail at