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  About SPS: Weekly Meetings

Our meetings are at 1 pm on Fridays in Room 313 of the Physics Building. We have pizza, drinks, and a weekly speaker. Our speaker is usually the person giving the physics colloquium talk later Friday afternoon. Click here for the colloquium schedule.

SPS Announcements

  • "Distinguished" SPS Status: The UVA Society of Physics Students chapter was recently (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 2015 annual report is here, our 2014 annual report is here, and our 2013 annual report is here

  • This link details the employers, by state, that have recently hired students with Bachelor's degrees in physics. This information can provide ideas to our physics majors regarding post-graduation opportunities.

  •   Current Officers

    • President :             Mita Tembe  mt3pq@virginia.edu
    • Treasurer :             Janet  Rafner    jfr5mk@virginia.edu
    • Secretary :             Janet Rafner          
    • Sigma Pi Sigma President:           Michael Viray     mav4zy@virginia.edu
    • Sigma Pi Sigma Vice President:  Janet  Rafner       jfr5mk@virginia.edu
      Faculty Contact :   Craig Group       rcg6p@virginia.edu

    Undergraduate Research opportunities:

    At UVa: For Research projects, contact Donal Day (nuclear), Craig Dukes (particle),  Robert Group (particle), Nilanga Liyanage (nuclear, medical physics), Despina Louca (condensed matter), Dinko Počanić (nuclear)Cass Sackett (atomic), Stefan Baessler (nuclear) (during semester or summer), Blaine Norum (nuclear), Kent Paschke, Bob Hirosky, Joe Poon (condensed matter), Olivier Pfister, Bellave Shivaram, Work study at UVa, Radiology Physics Department, Mitchell Fellowship

    REU programs: Complete list (NSF), Caltech, Duke, Cornell, William & Mary, Michigan, Vermont, Hampton University, CWU, WSU, Kansas State University.  In addition, there is a poster board in the floor, opposite to our reception, with more offers. 

    Other summer research programs: UVa's list (Center for Undergraduate Excellence), US National labs, e.g. ORNL (SULI), NASA, Air Force Research Lab, Homeland Security, German universities (RISE), Virginia Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP), Internships at the DOE (takes a couple seconds to load), Kupcinet-Getz Summer Student Program.

    Summer programs: Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble

    Contact one of the webmasters if you have more or updated information.

    Useful Links:

    When quantum mechanics makes you want to pull your hair out, and lock yourself in a cube in Clem, take a look at this: Quantum Made Easy!

    Quantum Mechanics Simulations from the University of St Andrews

    Quantum Physics Tutorials from the UK Institute of Physics

    This website provides information on graduate school programs in physics and astronomy across the United States and in some international areas: GradSchoolShopper.com

    REU Information: Click here for summaries on REU programs, written by U.Va. physics students! Each summary contains general information (location, application requirements, etc.), project descriptions, social events, and general impressions.

    Sigma Pi Sigma Announcements

  • The Fourth Annual Undergraduate Physics Research Symposium was held on October 17, 2014. Eight undergraduates presented their physics and astronomy-related research at the event. Topics presented are as follows:
    • Christina Gilligan "Dusty White Dwarfs"
    • Louis Lukacyzk "Modeling a Neutron Spin Analyzer using COMSOL Multiphysics"
    • Yongyi Wu "The Study on Test Beam Data of Mu2e Cosmic-Ray-Veto Scintillation Counter Prototype"
    • Catherine Zucker "The Milky Way Skeleton"
    • Niklaus M. Dollhopf "Chemical Complexity in the Shocked Outflow L1157 Revealed by CARMA"
    • Peter Carr "Adapting a Low-Current, High-Stability Proton Source for Use by Intermediate Lab Students"
    • Rob Mina "Development of techniques for a Dark Matter search at the NOvA Far Detector"
    • Brigid McDonald "Comparison of BSGI and DMT Breast Imaging Techniques using Gelatin"
    Prizes were given to the best three presenters. We would like to congratulate the following students for their outstanding performance:
    • 1st prize: Catherine Zucker
    • 2nd prize: Christina Gilligan
    • 3rd prize: Yongyi Wu
    We would also like to give special thanks to Prof. Cass Sackett , Prof. Kent Paschke, Prof. Despina Louca, Prof. Bob Hirosky, and Prof. Xiaochao Zheng for judging and providing feedback to our speakers at the event.
    For past Research Symposium results, click here.

  • The First Annual Sigma Pi Sigma student/faculty mixer was held on April 17, 2014 in the Front Parlor of the Colonnade Club.

  • Twelve new members were inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma on April 8, 2014. Congratulations to our new members!
    “ 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 a part 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."

    Updated: October 2014        Maintained by:  Mita Tembe, Craig Group, and Stefan Baessler