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Sigal Tifferet

Senior Lecturer, Ruppin Academic Center

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How can a talented teenager prepare himself for a scientific career? What do you scientists recommend? (Personal experiences, please).

My son is 16 years old and is very interested in science (Physics, Biology, Math). He would like to hear your recommendations on how to prepare for a scientific career. Is this a critical period to learn things that will be difficult to learn later? Are there non-academic experiences he should try? We are especially interested in personal experiences of all of you scientists out there.

Let me add that my son (Alon) is the one who nudged me a few times to post this question. He studies at a democratic school, meaning that he has full freedom to do whatever he pleases with his time at school. A big portion of his choices are science-related, but he does other things as well (basketball, juggling).

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    May 21 2011: Well I don't know if theres something specific that he might be interested in, but if he is, something that was really helpful for me was to join some relevant associations and society networks. They keep me up to date with whats going on in my field as well as events I might be interested in, and it helps me get inspired and think of new things.

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