New Presidential Scholar in Physics starts cutting-edge research less than a month after his high school graduation

Educational researchers often cite the importance of early research experiences. Here is an example of a very early research experience. But it’s worth noting that we try to get our undergraduate physics majors involved in research by the second year. See the for vignettes about more undergraduate researchers.

Future Physicists of Florida

On Tuesday, June 3, Jorge Gonzalez was handed his high school diploma in the graduation ceremony for Miami Senior High School.

Less than three weeks later – on Monday, June 23 – Jorge was welcomed as a new undergraduate researcher at FSU’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.


Jorge is one of two physics majors in FSU’s new class of Presidential Scholars (the other is Winter Park’s Gregory Seel – you can meet him here).

Jorge became interested in physics as a career when he took Honors Physics in 11th grade with Miami Senior High teacher Javier Rivera.  Jorge’s scientific interests are broad – ranging from condensed matter physics (on which he works at the Magnet Lab) to general relativity.  He also expresses interest in the next generation of propulsion systems for space travel – ion propulsion drives.

Jorge’s summer research was performed under the guidance of Magnet Lab Research…

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