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1 University of Windsor Department of Physics

2 Why Study Physics? Physics is the foundation of modern science. It encompasses the study of the universe from the largest galaxies to the structure of matter: the atom, the nucleus, and quarks. Its concepts, from relativity to quantum mechanics, challenge the imagination.

3 Why Study Physics? At University, every science program (chemistry, biology, biochemistry, etc.) and engineering makes you take physics! Experience has shown you will have a much better experience in first year University physics if you’ve have Grade 12 physics.

4 People Who Study Physics… Have a passion for understanding how things work Enjoy scientific experiments, mathematics, and computation Excel at solving complex problems, which allows them to seek employment in a surprisingly wide range of academic, government, and industrial settings, well beyond the traditional boundaries of physics

5 Physics: A study of how things work. A physicist studies the forces of nature, their effects on matter, and learns to control them in order to make useful things.

6 Lasers Physics: Enables Future Technology Things that used to be future technologies Radioactivity & Radiation Transistors Medical Imaging

7 Advanced Energy Sources Physics: Enables Future Technology Things that will be future technologies Medical Tricorders / Nanomedicine Quantum Computers Cloaking Devices / Teleportation

8 Medical Physics: Enabling Future Medicine Functional MRI CT Scanning Proton Therapy Positron Emission Tomography MRI Advanced Imaging

9 That all sounds really interesting! How do I get started?

10 Entrance Requirements ENG4U, MHF4U, and SPH4U are required. MCV4U is strongly recommended. SCH4U is recommended. Min entering average – 75% Secondary average: 70% average of all attempted science and math courses Mean entering average - 89% Strong peer group Supportive, close-knit classmates

11 university degrees (book study) electricity & magnetism materials science quantum mechanics nuclear/sub-atomic physics thermodynamics statistical mechanics astronomy / astrophysics mechanics very similar to G12 curriculum

12 university degrees (research) computational physics! theoretical physics! experimental physics!

13 Careers Current Employment Levels B.Sc. >97% Grad degrees >99% Pay Scales In a study done by the US Department of Labor, the job of ‘Physicist’ ranked the 15 th highest paying job in the US, with the average salary being over $83,750 US/year Future Potential In a 2012 survey of jobs for the next century, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked "physicist" as the 17th best-paying job of the 21st Century. A 2004 “snapshot” of job titles of people with physics degrees  Test Pilot, U.S. Navy  Radiation Oncologist  Financial Analyst  CFO, Denny's, Inc.  Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology  Staff Engineer  Nuclear Engineer  Health Physicist  Accounts Underwriter  Case Manager, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy  Civil Engineer  Vice President, Licensing  Director of Research  Director of R&D  Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery  U.S. Sales Manager  Electronics Engineer

14 Our Alumni Scientist, Proto Manufacturing MSc/PhD in UToronto, Western, UBC, Queens, UCalgary, Waterloo, UMichigan, UWindsor, McGill, Wayne State Ontario Power Generation Technical Writer, Korea NASA Jet Propulsion Labs UBS Bank, London, UK Medical Physicist, Windsor Regional Cancer Centre High School Teacher, Windsor Patent lawyer, Toronto Optical Engineer, Fraunhofer, USA Analyst, Nuclear Safety Solutions

15 Physics: Gateway to multiple careers B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics High-school teaching Industry / Government / Health care Higher Education Teacher’s College (1 year) Graduate school (Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Medical Physics, Business) Professional School (Medicine, Dentistry, Law) Professions Starting salaries comparable to that of engineers / accountants! > 97% employment rate (100% for UWindsor Physics graduates)

16 Physics: Gateway to Professional Schools?! (medical school, law school, etc.)

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20 Summary Physics is a fundamental science that leads to future technologies. A degree in Physics is a great opportunity for an outstanding education in a high- demand area. Physics is so fundamental, all the other disciplines make you take it. You should really take Grade 12 physics!

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22 A degree in Physics from the University of Windsor is a great opportunity for an outstanding education that will lead to successful careers

23 Come Visit With Us at the UWindsor Fall Open House! Friday November 7th 2014! 1.attend program presentations (Physics tours, presentation, meet with professors and students) 2.explore the campus including residence and our athletic facilities 3.get all your UWindsor questions answered by the experts (tuition, registration, scholarships, housing, etc.) This is your chance to… Sign Up Today!

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26 Example: PHT with a Business Minor

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28 What is a Medical Physicist?

29 The Medical Physicist Bridges Physics and Medicine

30 Medical Physicist an expert in medical imaging and radiotherapy applied typically to the treatment of cancer – works in a hospital, cancer clinic, treatment facility Treatment Planning Apparatus Installation / Maintenance Calibration of Machines Strong Scientific Knowledge of Physics, Equipment, Procedures, and Effects on the Body Quality Assurance Radiation Safety Research into New Treatments Dosimetry Nuclear Medicine

31 A Physics Degree Designed for Students Interested in Applying Their Training in Physics to the Medical Needs of Society or Biomedical Industry Consider this option if: You want to work in the emerging “health sciences” sector You want to work for a medical devices company developing instruments You want to work in a hospital/clinic as a licensed medical physicist You want to go to medical school to be a doctor / dentist / optometrist, etc. You want to do research on medical physics or teach at the University You want a physics degree, but are interested in biomedical engineering

32 A Teaching / Co-op Experience Designed to Prepare You for Graduate Work in Medical Physics and/or Health Physics & High-Technology Positron Emission Tomography Radiation Oncology Ultrasound MRI

33 A Teaching / Co-op Experience Designed to Prepare You for Graduate Work in Medical Physics and/or Health Physics & High-Technology Radiology / Imaging Functional MRI Computer Modelling Methods CT Scanning Proton Therapy

34 Medical Physics Medical Physics New B.Sc. Program The path to a satisfying and high-paying career with excellent working conditions Many job openings in hospitals and medical clinics due to growth of high-tech methods for diagnosis and treatment of disease (MRI, CT, ultrasound, radiation …) Growing at the rate of 5 – 10% per year B.Sc. is followed by M.Sc. in Medical Physics for professional certification Program includes Biology/Biochemistry needed for medical school

35 Career Pathways with a Medical Physics B.Sc. Medical Physics B.Sc. Career as a licensed medical physicist (M.Sc.) professional school in medicine (doctor, optometrist, dentist, pharmacist) graduate school in some other discipline (M.Sc, Ph.D.) working in the biotech/biomedical science and/or engineering field

36 Pathways to Medical Physics Career See: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Society

37 Future Prospects Future Prospects Demand for Medical Physicists will continue to rise: a)Aging population b)Trend: non-invasive procedures c)Technological advances d)Continued world-wide shortage of trained physicists

38 Contact Us! For Questions on the Medical Physics Profession  Stephen Brown, Ph.D.  Senior Staff Scientist, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit   For Questions on UWindsor Medical Physics Program  Professor Steve Rehse, Ph.D.   (519) Ext: 2656 

39 Spring Open House Friday, March 9, 2012  Campus wide, 10:30-3:00  Department presentation, 2:00 & 3:00

40 Summary Physics is a fundamental science that leads to future technologies. A degree in Medical Physics from the University of Windsor is a great opportunity for an outstanding education in a high- demand area. Opportunities for Successful, Rewarding, and Distinguished Careers. Physics empowers you to be at the forefront of science and technology in Canada.

41 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) MCAT has: Three sections of standardized multiple choice questions (total of 219 items) Biological sciences Physical sciences Verbal reasoning (Each section scored on 1 – 15 scale) Writing sample comprised of two essays  Medical Physics provides the edge !!!  Scores of 9.5 to 11 in each section are considered competitive by most medical schools.  Top medical schools look for score 12 and above.

42 Physicists Have Many Interests

43 Physicists are Elite

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48 Undergraduate Physics Programs at the University of Windsor

49 What is Physics and High Technology?

50 A Teaching / Co-op Experience Designed for Students Interested in Applying Their Training in Physics to the High-tech Needs of Society It combines courses in physics, business, computer science, engineering, and mathematics to make graduates especially attractive to industry specializing in such areas as electronics, optics, and computers. Is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in both industry and academia. Graduates can add minors in business or computer science

51 A Teaching / Co-op Experience Designed for Students Interested in Applying Their Training in Physics to the High-tech Needs of Society The reasoning, mathematical, experimental and computer skills acquired with a physics degree empower you to pursue careers such as University professor Research scientist Software engineer Financial analyst Patent lawyer High-school teacher Medical Physicist R&D engineer Physician / Dentist Entrepreneur Undergraduate Research

52 What is Medical Physics?

53 Medical Physicist an expert in medical imaging and radiotherapy applied typically to the treatment of cancer – works in a hospital, cancer clinic, treatment facility Treatment Planning Apparatus Installation / Maintenance Calibration of Machines Strong Scientific Knowledge of Physics, Equipment, Procedures, and Effects on the Body Quality Assurance Radiation Safety Research into New Treatments Dosimetry Nuclear Medicine

54 Medical Physicist: Areas of Expertise Radiation Oncology Ultrasound

55 Medical Physicist: Areas of Expertise Radiology / Imaging Computer Modelling Methods

56 Career Pathways with a Medical Physics B.Sc. Medical Physics B.Sc. Career as a licensed medical physicist (M.Sc.) professional school in medicine (doctor, optometrist, dentist, pharmacist) graduate school in some other discipline (M.Sc, Ph.D.) working in the biotech/biomedical science and/or engineering field

57 Other Possible Undergraduate Physics Programs at the University of Windsor Honours Physics 1) Honours Physics Physics and High Technology stream 2) Physics and High Technology stream Medical Physics stream 3) Medical Physics stream Chemistry and Physics Custom Double Majors: PHT & Mathematics, PHT & Computer Science, PHT & Business, PHT & Biology, … Minor in Physics Teachable subject for concurrent science education

58 I want to get a Masters or PhD degree in Physics and become a teacher or professor Which stream/option should I choose? I want to be an inventor and invent new devices or theories I like Physics but I might want to go to medical/dental school B.Sc. (Honours) in Physics with thesis

59 I want to work in finance as a quantitative analyst Which stream/option should I choose? I want to work for an industry as a scientist or analyst or a team leader Physics and High Technology stream with co-op I want to become a patent lawyer or work for the government developing science policy

60 Which stream/option should I choose? I want to work for an medical devices company developing instruments I want to do research on medical physics and teach at the University Medical Physics stream with co-op or thesis I want to work in a hospital as a licensed medical physicist or maybe as a doctor

61 Co-op Experience TRIUMF National Nuclear Labs (Vancouver, BC) Windsor Regional Cancer Center (Windsor, Ontario) Siemens Automotive (Tilbury, Ontario) Ford Motor Company (Windsor, Ontario) NSERC Research Grants (Waterloo, Ontario) Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Source (Warrington, UK) Centerline Ltd. (in conjunction with the University of Windsor) (Windsor, Ontario) Physics Department (Windsor, Ontario) (Ireland) National Research Council (Ottawa, Ontario)

62 Attractive Scholarships $ $16000 University Entrance Scholarships $1000 PHT Entrance Scholarships (Renewable) $ $10,000 Outstanding Scholars awards $6000 Service Awards in addition to Outstanding Scholars NSERC Summer fellowships Copernicus Scholarship Other University of Windsor Scholarships available

63 Research Experience Student publications Competitive career advantage Physics network Atom Traps Acoustic Microscopy Quantum Optics and Computing Nanoscale Systems and Molecular Clusters Laser spectroscopy High Precision Atomic Theory Materials Characterisation Relativistic Physics Electron Optics Biomedical Physics

64 Entrance Requirements ENG4U, MHF4U, and SPH4U are required. MCV4U is strongly recommended. SCH4U is recommended. Min entering average – 75% Secondary average: 70% average of all attempted science and math courses Mean entering average - 89% Strong peer group Supportive, close-knit classmates

65 Physics Club Senior mentors Alumni connections


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