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.
"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
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.
- Secretary :
- Sigma Pi Sigma President:
Michael Viray firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sigma Pi Sigma Vice President: Janet
: Craig Group
For Research projects, contact Donal
Liyanage (nuclear, medical physics), Despina Louca (condensed matter),
Dinko Počanić (nuclear)
(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
Complete list (NSF
William & Mary
, Hampton University
, Kansas State University
there is a poster board in the floor, opposite to our reception, with
summer research programs:
UVa's list (Center
for Undergraduate Excellence)
, US National labs, e.g. ORNL (SULI
Air Force Research
, 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.
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
: 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
Sigma Pi Sigma
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:
Prizes were given to the best three presenters. We would like to
congratulate the following students for their outstanding performance:
- 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"
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.
- 1st prize: Catherine Zucker
- 2nd prize: Christina Gilligan
- 3rd prize: Yongyi Wu
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."