Physics Faculty and Students Feature Work at PhysCon 2019
Published on November 18, 2019
Eight USciences physics majors joined 1200 physics majors from all over the United States in the 2019 Physics Congress (PhysCon) held in Providence, RI from November 14-16. The national event, considered as the largest ever assembly of physics majors, featured talks by Physics Nobel Laureates, including astrophysicist James Mather and atomic physicist Bill Phillips. Attendees also heard from physics luminaries like Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who co-discovered the pulsar, and superstring theorist Sylvester "Jim" Gates.
USciences attended many workshops like the "Physics of Jazz,” toured a nuclear submarine, research labs at Harvard University, and Brown University, participated in "Lunch with Scientists", and attended a Dance Party. Freshman Dan Fauni PHYS’23, Society of Physics Students (SPS) officers Despina Nakos PHYS’20 and Steven Simpkins PHYS’21 participated in a Chapter Showcase where they shared their experiences with award-winning physics outreach while learning from other chapters.
Physics students Keeran Ramanathan PHYS’22 and Matt Becker PHYS’21 presented two research posters at PhysCon. USciences SPS has been a nationally-renowned Outstanding Chapter for three years. SPS Advisor Dr. Roberto Ramos, an SPS National Council member led the submarine naval base tour and helped facilitate workshops. The USciences SPS chapter was also recipient of a $600 Chapter Reporter Award.
The event was featured in an Instagram Takeover by Nakos and can be seen in the highlights reel on the USciences account.