APS Public Outreach Intern
American Physical Society
Bringing Physics to the Public
The American Physical Society's public outreach team, which runs the website PhysicsCentral, aims to communicate the importance and excitement of physics to the public.
Isabel is developing and implementing a new informational education effort alongside the APS public outreach team. Isabel tasked with thinking beyond "regular" demo shows and classroom activities in order to design a fun and unique outreach project that effectively communicates physics concepts to the general public.
As access to the Internet is becoming more ubiquitous, methods for obtaining information are rapidly shifting to mobile platforms. APS needed to explore new ways of outreach, especially to captivate a missing demographic. The launch of Physics Central’s Snapchat account is a step toward modern ways of reaching students in continuing attempts to spread the knowledge and excitement of physics with everyone.
I have just finished my sophomore year at Georgetown University, where I am pursuing an undergraduate degree in physics. Outside of the classroom, I take photos for the campus newspaper, The Hoya, and am involved in a student run consulting group, Hilltop Consultants. While I now call my dorm room in D.C. home, I am originally from Manila, Philippines. I went to high school in New Hampshire, where I was introduced to concepts of modern physics that led me to study physics in college.
I took a gap year after graduating from high school to go back home and work at various organizations in the Philippines. It is during this year that I grew interested in the intersection of education and marketing strategies. I am very excited to be working as the APS Outreach Intern, so I can share my love for physics with a broader range of people. I am also looking forward to meeting the other interns and mentors I will be working with this summer.