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Society of Physics Students

Welcome to SPS @UVa!

Membership is open to all UVa undergraduate students. For more information, browse the tabs on our website or email Gage DeZoort at jgd5ur(at)virginia(dot)edu. Like us on facebook to keep up with our events!

About Us

Who are we?

The Society of Physics Students is a national organization sponsored by the American Institute of Physics. The University of Virginia chapter consists of about 25 undergraduate physics majors, other science majors, and engineering students.

Every Friday at 1pm, SPS hosts meetings featuring:

  • Guest lecturers from across the country presenting cutting-edge research
  • Laboratory tours
  • Oscilliscope enrichment sessions
  • Graduate school admission panels
  • Research opportunity seminars

Current Officers:

SPS: Steven Stetzler (President), Andrew Coffee (Vice President), Victoria Kovalchuck (Treasurer), Matt Walker (Secretary & Webmaster)

Sigma Pi Sigma: Gage DeZoort (President),  Bridget Anderson (Vice President)

Disclaimer: Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not apart of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts or omissions.

Annual Sigma Pi Sigma Research Symposium

We would like to congratulate the following students for their outstanding performance:


  • 1st place: Jesse Han
  • 2nd place: Arvind Gupta and Xueyuan She


  • 1st place: Brian Seymour
  • 2nd place: Steven Stetzler
  • 12:00 introduction
  • 12:10 Josh Pond: Distinguishing Ion Pair Structures using Pulse Radiolysis and Time-Resolved Spectroscopy
  • 12:25 Jiwon Han: A New Strangeness Fit to World Parity-Violating Electron Scattering Data
  • 12:40 Arvind Gupta: The Distance to the Core of the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy from the Mid-Infrared Period- Luminosity Relation for RR Lyrae Variable Stars
  • 12:55 Ben Gilbert: A Study on the Coffee Spilling Phenomena in the Low Impulse Regime
  • 1:10 Gage DeZoort: Anomalous Signal Reduction in the CMS ECAL Trigger
  • 1:25 John Hack: Distinguishing Ion Pair Structures using Pulse Radiolysis and Time-Resolved Spectroscopy
  • 1:40 Xueyuan She: Spin torque nano-oscillator achieved with point contact current injection
  • 1:55 Break
  • 2:00 Posters: Yash Shevde, Tyler Lam, Steven Stetzler, Nina Mazzarelli, Brian Seymore, Chloe Downs.
  • 2:45 Awards
    --> Special thanks to the faculty judges! Norum, Chern, Chevalier, and Arnold

    Don't Miss The Sigma Pi Sigma Research Symposium on October 28th!

  • Come see your peers present their research and posters in the Newcomb South Meeting Room from 12-3. The event will be catered, and cash prizes will be awarded to the best presenters and posters.
  • Learn about past symposium here

    UVa SPS Earns "Oustanding" Status!

  • This year (2016-2017), the UVA Society of Physics Students was recognized as "outstanding". Only the top 10% of chapters receive this status (see award here). In past years, the chapter was recently (2014/2015 AY, 2013/2014 AY, and 2012/2013 AY) recognized as "distinguished," signifying that our chapter is in the top 20% of the chapters in the country. The 2015 announcement email is here, and the letter of congratulations 2014 can be seen here. Our 2016 annual report is here, 2015 annual report is here, our 2014 annual report is here, and our 2013 annual report is here

  • Announcements


    Want to do some research?

    Faculty Members with Available Research Projects at UVa:

      Condensed Matter Physics

    1. Joe Poon (Experimental Condensed Matter Physics)
    2. Gia-Wei Chern (Theoretical or computational condensed matter physics)
    3. Bellave Shivaram (Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and Experimental Chemical Physics)
    4. Despina Louca (Experimental Condensed Matter Physics)
    5. Jeffrey Teo (Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics): Interested in offering a research program for an undergraduate this summer
    6. Nuclear Physics

    7. Nilanga Liyanage (Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics)
    8. Stefan Baessler (Nuclear Physics and Gravitation)
    9. Dinko Pocanic (Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics)
    10. Blaine Norum (Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics)
    11. Donal Day (Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics)
    12. Don Crabb (Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics)
    13. Kent Paschke (Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics)
    14. High Energy Physics

    15. Craig Group (Experimental High Energy Physics)
    16. Craig Dukes (Experimental High Energy Physics)
    17. Brad Cox (Experimental High Energy Physics)
    18. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical

    19. Bob Jones (Experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, and Experimental Chemical Physics)
    20. Other

    21. Olivier Pfister (Quantum Computing)
    22. Marija Vucelja (Statistical Physics)
    23. Krishni Wijesooriya (Radiological Physics, Radiation Oncology)
    24. Mark Williams (Radiology and Medical Imaging)
    25. Kevin Lehmann (Ultrasensitive Spectroscopy)

    REU Programs:

    For a complete list of REU programs, visit the National Science Foundation's site

    Recent SULI Nuclear and High Energy Physics Opportunity Released!

    • Click here to view Professor Baessler's memo about the new opportunity

    Learn about DAAD funding for study abroad in Germany

    Just released- K-State Summer Research Opportunity!

    • Click here to view the opportunity

    Considering Graduate School?

    APS's Guide to Choosing a Graduate School

    The Ohio State University's Physics GRE Review: problem sets related to all undergraduate physics topics

    Need help with coursework?

    The Feynman Lectures: mechanics, radiation, heat, electromagnetism, matter, quantum mechanics

    Michael Fowler's Notes: Galileo and Einstein, Modern Physics, Graduate Quantum Mechanics, gravity, fluids, waves, heat, misc. introductory physics topics

    MIT Open Courseware: most MIT physics courses with lecture videos, worksheets, lecture notes

    Paul's Online Math Notes: full course notes in calculus and differential equations

    Email Us:

    Faculty Advisor: Craig Group

    SPS President Steven Stetzler: stetzler(at)virginia(dot)edu

    Sigma Pi Sigma President Gage DeZoort: jgd5ur(at)virginia(dot)edu

    Useful Links:

    National SPS

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