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Wonders of Physics Outreach Fellows

Continuing the proud tradition that our department has in conducting physics outreach, we are excited to announce the Wonders of Physics Outreach Fellows Program.

The Wonders of Physics Outreach Fellows program accepts up to 20 graduate students in the PhD program who are interested in and committed to conducting physics outreach; preference is given to first-year PhD students. Fellows will receive mentoring in outreach from professional outreach staff, including an in-person outreach training session. They will then participate in one or more outreach events over the course of the year and document their fellowship following best practices in CV building. Following completion of the fellowship, fellows will receive a certificate, and their name and activities will be posted on this website.

Fellowship Details

Apply for the 2023-24 Fellowship by Sept 22

Questions? Please email Cierra Atkinson, catkinson5@wisc.edu

2022-23 Fellows

The following students have completed all Fellowship requirements and are now Wonders of Physics Outreach Fellows:

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Braden Buck

Fellowship Activities: The Wonders of Physics Annual Show

Activity write-up: Bowling ball pendulum



profile photo of Zach Curtis-GinsbergZachary Curtis-Ginsberg

Fellowship activities: Ingersoll Physics Museum Tours; IceCube Booth for Science on Ice at the Frozen Assets Festival; IceCube Booth for the Wisconsin Science Festival

Activity write-up: IceCube Bean-Bag Toss


profile photo of Owen EskandariOwen Eskandari

Fellowship Activities: The Wonders of Physics Annual Show; PEOPLE Program Instructor; Grandparents University instructor; Ingersoll Physics Museum Docent; Antman: Quantumania Movie Night Demos

Activity write-up: Lighting a Fluorescent Light with a Tesla Coil

profile photo of Zachary JerzykZachary Jerzyk

Fellowship activities: PEOPLE program instructor; Antman: Quantumania movie night demo; Museum docent

Activity write-up: Van de Graaff Generator


profile photo of Sam KramerSam Kramer

Fellowship activities: Wonders of Physics annual show; Museum docent; PEOPLE program instructor; Grandparents University instructor

Activity write-up: Vortex Cannon


profile photo of Alysa RogersAlysa Rogers

Fellowship activities: PEOPLE program instructor; TeachQuantum

Activity write-up: Index of Refraction


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Mitanshu Thakore

Fellowship activities: The Wonders of Physics annual shows, PEOPLE Program instructor; Grandparents University instructor; S.T.E.A.M Saturday for children in Kindergarten – 5th Grade at Monona Public Library

Activity write-up: Liquid Nitrogen


profile photo of Hannah WoodwardHannah Woodward

Fellowship activities: Wisconsin Science Festival; Frozen Assets; Grandparents University instructor

Activity write-up: Liquid Nitrogen