The Dr. James T. and Jana L. Cook FSU-Panama City chapter of the Future Physicists of Florida will induct 224 students from Bay District middle schools this coming Monday. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm at FSU-PC’s Holley Center.
The scientific keynote speaker will be FSU Physics Professor Susan Blessing. Professor Blessing is an accomplished experimental high energy physicist and is one of the nation’s leading physics educators. This fall, Professor Blessing was elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society and received the Pegram Award for excellence in physics education in the southeastern US. She was also appointed to the society’s Panel on Public Affairs, which addresses issues of national importance.
Other speakers scheduled to address the students and family members attending the ceremony include FSU-PC Dean Randy Hanna, Gulf Coast State College President John Holdnak, and Bay District Superintendent Bill Husfelt.
Future Physicists of Florida was founded in 2012 to recognize and encourage middle school students who have shown promise and interest in math and science, and to provide parents with information about the high school math and science courses necessary to prepare for the rigorous college majors in engineering, physics and other STEM fields. The first Bay County induction ceremony was held in 2015.
The Bay District Future Physicists of Florida chapter was named for the Cooks in February of this year after they made a gift to establish the FSU-Panama City STEM Institute Endowed Fund, which is providing annual support for STEM activities at FSU-Panama City and around the district.