The hardest part about an education in physics (in my opinion which is admittedly underdeveloped) is changing from classroom learning to research and reading academic papers. The SPS at my school is trying to put together some material to introduce undergrads to academic papers. I am hoping to find a few articles that might be read and understood by a student with little more than upper level Mechanics and E&M classes. It doesn't have to be easy, but something that isn't soul crushing for a young student that feels like they are starting to understand physics. In my experience, I have not found any... but I have not read many papers. Everything that I have read requires a fair amount of specialized background. If anyone has some papers that they know about that are particularly easy to read or are based on relatively simple physics, please let me know. I do have access to most journals.