Physics Department First Destinations <br> 2016–2020 Graduates

Physics

Alexis Trench
Alexis Trench

The contemporary study of the physical universe encompasses systems ranging from the microscopic — atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles, to the very large — planets, stars, and galaxies, and the Wellesley Physics department introduces students to the study of all that falls along that spectrum. Since physics covers such a broad band, students of physics develop concrete and transferable skills that can be applied in a number of different settings — academia, industry, research, government, nonprofits, and more.

Physical Sciences

Alexis Trench
Alexis Trench

The physical sciences, as a branch of natural science, focuses primarily on the study of non-living systems. However, just as these areas of study are broad, the physical sciences intersect with a wide range of career opportunities, which can be found in the private sector, in education and academia, and in all levels of government.

Physical Therapy

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Physical therapists (PTs) are healthcare professionals who treat people with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities to improve their movement, reduce pain, restore lost function, prevent future injury, reach fitness goals, and generally promote an active lifestyle. PTs are experts on the movement of the human body. They educate patients, recommend exercises for their specific situation, and provide hands-on care such as deep-tissue massages. 

Industry Expertise for Alumnae: Science, Engineering, Technology, and Public Health

Wellesley Career Education offers personalized advising in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Public Health. Visit the page for Science, Engineering, Technology and Public Health to explore these industries.

Law School — College Certification

Nicole
Nicole D. Park

Many law schools require that a dean's or college certification or questionnaire be completed by the applicant's undergraduate institution. This certification typically requests the applicant's class rank, status on physical or emotional health, and information on matters of discipline during the undergraduate years.

Careers in the Military and Law Enforcement

Nicole
Nicole D. Park

The majority of law enforcement jobs are US government positions at the federal and state level and therefore are of interest to students interested in public service. The information below focuses on the maintenance of public order and enforcing the law. Please also refer to the “Government” resource page for more information about public service careers outside of military and physical law enforcement.

What If My Grades Aren't Strong?

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

First and foremost, you do not need to have all A grades to be accepted into a health professions school. But schools will want to see evidence of ability in the sciences and strong study skills that will allow you to succeed in a graduate academic environment.

Preparing to Apply for Health Professions School: Gaining Competencies

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

There are many things health professions schools will take into account when they review your application.

Geosciences

Alexis Trench
Alexis Trench

Geoscience is the study of earth and all of its systems, and geoscientists investigate these interactions using transdisciplinary approaches to address questions related to how the Earth formed, how it evolved over geologic time, and how its continued evolution affects the environment in which we live. With geoscience being such a broad major of the study of the earth, there are many areas in which one could specialize and use to pursue career opportunities.

Occupational Therapists

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Occupational therapists (OTs) are healthcare professionals who treat people with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities to allow them to perform the tasks (also called occupations) that they need or want to do. OTs assess their patients’ needs and desires and work with them to create an individualized treatment plan that will allow them to reach their goals as independently as possible.

Resources for Pre-Health Students & Alumnae With Disabilities

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

If you have a disability and are thinking about a career in the health professions, it’s important that you educate yourself about your rights and resources.

Advising: Using Health Professions Advising and/or the Medical Professions Advising Committee

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Wellesley Health Professions Advising (HPA) is interested in helping Wellesley students and alumnae learn more about the path to becoming a health professional. We welcome all students with any interests, and encourage you to meet with an HPA advisor at least once a year.

Data: National Admissions Statistics for Some Health Professions

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Review admissions data for some health profession schools, including Dental, Medical (various), Nursing, and Veterinary Schools.

Prospective Wellesley Students Interested in Careers in the Health Professions

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Thank you for considering Wellesley College for your undergraduate education. Here you will develop the skills of a liberal arts education, including critical thinking, problem solving, synthesis of information, and effective communication. These skills will serve you well throughout your lifetime, and are highly valued by health professions schools. As you explore your options, here are answers to some of the questions you may be asking:

Health Profession Schools: Which Courses Should I Take?

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Health professions schools establish their own individual admission requirements. This resource provides an overview of commonly required courses for health professions schools, advice for planning your schedule, and other academic advising information.

Completing Your Application

Cindy
Cindy Seltzer, Ed.D., MBA

Many health professions schools use a centralized application service to collect applicant information and transcripts, verify the information, and to forward these materials to designated schools. Some services also collect and transmit letters of recommendation. Often there is an instruction manual created by the application service each year that is available on-line. Read this and use it as you complete your applications.

Feb 1, 2023

National Institutes of Standards & Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF) - direct application deadline

Eligible: undergraduates in STEM fields who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Research/Gradschool, Undergraduate

The National Institute of Standards and Technology - Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST SURF) fully funds summer research opportunities at NIST laboratories in Boulder, CO, or Gaithersburg, MD. The program will be conducted using a hybrid format for Summer 2023, including both in-person and virtual components. Students with biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, materials science, mathematics, nanoscale science, neutron research and/or physics majors are always encouraged to apply; there may be research opportunities for students with other majors. 

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