PhysCon 2016

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November 3-5, 2016
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The 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon) is not your average physics conference…

PhysCon brought together over 800 physics undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, and faculty to address common concerns for the discipline and for society. Many attendees are student leaders on their campuses that have been active in physics research and community outreach.

Attendees included many student advisors, mentors, and physics department chairs. The Physics Congress is a unique and exciting opportunity to reach the next generation of physicists with opportunities for graduate school, internships, volunteer programs, and more.


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Who Exhibited?

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact: Angela R. Keyser: akeyser@aapm.org, 301-209-3350

AAPM is a scientific, educational, and professional organization of 7996 medical physicists. Medical Physics is an applied branch of physics concerned with the application of the concepts and methods of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. It is allied with medical electronics, bioengineering, and health physics. Medical physicists contribute to the effectiveness of radiological imaging procedures by assuring radiation safety and helping to develop improved imaging techniques (e.g., mammography CT, MR, ultrasound). They contribute to development of therapeutic techniques (e.g., prostate implants, stereotactic radiosurgery), collaborate with radiation oncologists to design treatment plans, and monitor equipment and procedures to ensure that cancer patients receive the prescribed dose of radiation to the correct location. Medical physicists are concerned with three areas of activity: clinical service and consultation, research and development, and teaching. On the average their time is distributed equally among these three areas. The essential responsibility of the Qualified Medical Physicist’s clinical practice is to assure the safe and effective delivery of radiation to achieve a diagnostic or therapeutic result as prescribed in patient care. The medical physicist performs or supervises the technical aspects of procedures necessary to achieve this objective.

American Association of Physics Teachers
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact: RaShonda Rosier, rrosier@aapt.org, 301-209-3626

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) was established in 1930, with one clear goal: “”ensuring the dissemination of the knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching.”” Now in our ninth decade, we remain committed to that core value, but with a new emphasis and meaning provided by our current mission statement.
Our vision is to be the leader in physics education. We are committed to providing the most current resources and up-to-date research needed to enhance a physics educator’s professional development. The results are not only a deeper appreciation of the teaching profession, but most importantly, more enthusiastic involvement from their students.
The Association has identified four critical issues that will guide our future activities:
1. Increase AAPT’s outreach to and impact on physics teachers
2. Increase the diversity and numbers of physics teachers and students
3. Improve the pedagogical skills and physics knowledge of teachers at all levels
4. Increase our understanding of physics learning and of ways to improve teaching effectiveness

American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact: Adriana Acosta, aacosta@aip.org, 516-576-2452

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is an organization of 10 physical science societies, representing more than 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators. As one of the world’s largest publishers of scientific information in physics, AIP employs innovative publishing technologies and offers publishing services for its Member Societies. AIP’s suite of publications includes 15 journals, three of which are published in partnership with other organizations; magazines, including its flagship publication Physics Today; and the AIP Conference Proceedings series. Through its Physics Resources Center, AIP also delivers valuable services and expertise in education and student programs, science communications, government relations, career services for science and engineering professionals, statistical research, industrial outreach, and the history of physics and other sciences.

American Physical Society
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact for Education & Diversity: Bushraa Khatib, khatib@aps.org, 301-209-3297
Contact for Membership: Jennifer Prinat, membership@aps.org, 301-209-3280
Contact for Public Outreach: Becky Thompson, thompson@aps.org, 301-209-3206
The American Physical Society is the professional society for physicists. With over 50,000 members APS works to advance and disseminate the knowledge of physics worldwide. Through meetings, journals and other publications APS delivers the latest physics information and works to create a stronger physics community. In addition to its services for members, APS provides career information for those interested in pursuing all types of physics as a career path. Using websites, webinars, and profiles APS shows students the endless possibilities a physics degree can bring. APS has a commitment to exciting and inspiring the general public. Through its outreach website, www.physicscentral.com, the PhysicsQuest middle school program, a series of physics-centric comic books and many other programs APS brings the joy of physics to all.

Brookhaven National Laboratory
2 Center Street
Upton, NY 11973
Contact: Terrence Buck, tbuck@bnl.gov

Established in 1947 on Long Island, Upton, New York, Brookhaven is a multi-program national laboratory operated by Brookhaven Science Associates for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Seven Nobel Prizes have been awarded for discoveries made at the Lab.

Brookhaven National Laboratory’s role for the DOE is to produce excellent science and advanced technology with the cooperation, support, and appropriate involvement of our scientific and local communities.

The College of William & Mary, Department of Physics
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Contact: David Armstrong, chair@physics.wm.edu, 757-221-3500
The Physics Department at the College of William & Mary combines a thriving research environment with excellence in graduate and undergraduate education.
Our department consists of thirty members on the instructional faculty, together with approximately fifteen additional physicists in purely research positions. Our undergraduate program offers a major and minor. Through our graduate program, students pursue a Ph.D. degree. We have an active summer REU program.
Research areas in the department include atomic, molecular, and optical physics, computational physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear and hadronic physics, high energy physics, and plasma and non-linear physics. Related research areas include accelerator physics (in cooperation with Jefferson Lab) and material characterization (in cooperation with NASA-Langley Research Center). The department also has strong links with the interdisciplinary Applied Science Department and Computational Science Cluster.

ComPADRE, Physics & Astronomy Education Communities
American Association of Physics Teachers
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact: Bruce Mason, bmason@ou.edu, 405-325-3961
ComPADRE is an online network of resources for physics students, teachers, faculty, and education researchers. Our goal is to help the physics community learn, teach, and collaborate through web-based technology. Some of our most successful collections include the Nucleus (partnering with the SPS), Open Source Physics, PER Central (in collaboration with the PER Topical Group), and the Advanced Laboratory collection. Our users can find interactive learning resources, opportunities for research and collaboration, the best practices from physics education research, and modeling and simulation tools. They can collect organize and share their favorites through their own personal space on ComPADRE.

Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP)
American Physical Society
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact: Michele M. Montgomery, montgomery@physics.ucf.edu

From January 18-20, six regional Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics will be held at
-California Institute of Technology (http://www.cuwp.caltech.edu)
-Colorado School of Mines (http://cuwip.mines.edu/index.shtml)
-Cornell University (http://www.ncuwp.org)
-University of Central Florida (http://physics.cos.ucf.edu/scuwp)
-University of Illinois (https://publish.illinois.edu/cuwip2013)
-University of Texas (http://www.ph.utexas.edu/conferences/scuwip2013)
The four major goals of the conferences are to foster a culture in which undergraduate women are encouraged and supported to pursue, and also to succeed in, higher education in physics; give women the resources, motivation, and confidence to apply to graduate school and successfully complete a Ph.D. program in Physics; provide information and dispel misconceptions about the application process for graduate school and the diverse employment opportunities in physics and related fields, enabling women to make more informed decisions about their goals and attain them; and connect female physics students with successful female physicists to whom they can relate and who can act as inspirational role models and mentors.
To obtain more information, please see the APS website, http://www.aps.org/programs/women/workshops/cuwip.cfm.

CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics
University of Central Florida
P.O. Box 162700
Orlando, FL 32816-2700
Contact: Denise Whiteside, Denise@creol.ucf.edu, 407-823-6800

CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida provides exceptional education for BS, MS, and PhD degrees and partners effectively with industry, government, and universities for innovative R&D collaborations. Visit us at www.optics.ucf.edu to learn more about our internationally renowned programs.

Duke University
Durham, NC 27708

Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters to PhD Bridge Program
VU Station B 1807
Nashville, TN 37235
Contact: David Ernst, david.j.ernst@vanderbilt.edu, 615-343-0483

By completing a Masters degree under the guidance of caring faculty mentors, students in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge program develop the strong academic foundation, research skills, and one-on-one mentoring relationships that will foster a successful transition to the PhD. The program, which usually requires two years, is flexible and is individualized to the goals and needs of each student. Courses are selected to address any gaps in undergraduate preparation, and research experiences are provided that allow students to develop-and to demonstrate-their full scientific talent and potential.
The Program includes: Full access to instructional opportunities at both Fisk and Vanderbilt, leading to the completion of most or all coursework required for the PhD; Research performed with Fisk and Vanderbilt faculty, leading to the selection of a Vanderbilt PhD adviser; A nurturing, friendly academic environment and a warm, social network with other Bridge students, postdocs, and faculty; Full funding support, including tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and insurance.

Florida A&M University, Department of Physics
Room 205 Jones Hall
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Contact: Dr. Charles A. Weatherford, charles.weatherford@famu.edu, 850-599-3767
The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Physics Department is interested in recruiting undergraduate and graduate students for our B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Physics. The Ph.D. Program has research concentrations in Plasma Physics, Materials and Condensed Matter Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Laser-Matter Interactions. Full tuition support and generous stipends are available.”

Florida Atlantic University, Department of Physics
The Physics Department is dedicated to cutting-edge research and teaching emersed within a multidisciplinary science environment. At the undergraduate level we offer BS and BA degrees. Our graduate program leads to MS and PhD degrees, and a new Professional MS in Medical Physics.
Our active research areas include Classical and Quantum Gravity, Discrete Geometry, Astrophysics, Physics of Materials and Biological Systems, Statistical Mechanics, Neuroscience, Dynamical Systems and Medical Physics. We have active research collaborations with Max Planck and Scripps FL on out Jupiter campus.
The department has a strong doctoral and bachelors program in physics. We provide graduate support, scholarships, tuition, assistance and fellowships to approximately 30 graduate students. We routinely arrange for summer research positions for many of our graduate students at numerous National Laboratories. Recent graduates hold postdoctoral positions at top institutions including Harvard, MIT, ORNL, to name but a few.
I extend a warm welcome to you from the faculty, staff, and students of the Physics Department of Florida Atlantic University!

Florida Institute of Technology
150 W. University Blvd
Melbourne, Florida 32901

Contact: Ningyu Liu,

Florida Institute of Technology is a national, doctoral-granting research university with a strong commitment to international education in an enriched technological environment. The university is known worldwide for its excellent academic programs, outstanding faculty, and alumni success. It is ranked a Tier One National University by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as a Barron’s Guide Best Buy, as a Princeton Review Best Southeastern College and as the top private university in Florida by Washington Monthly. Florida Tech is ranked #1 in Florida in starting salaries and mid-career salaries and among the top 10% in the U.S. according to several recent surveys.
The Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Tech offers students a solid foundation in the physical sciences with the personalized attention of our faculty. Our faculty and students conduct research in everything from the ground up-from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the largest structures in the universe. Our department was the first in the country to offer bachelor’s degree in Space Sciences. We also have one of the largest undergraduate astronomy programs in the U.S. and the ONLY bachelor_s program in Astrobiology. Our graduates obtain employment at NASA, in the private-sector industry, and academia.

Georgia State University, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Our research groups span the range from exploring the constituents of matter at the subatomic and nuclear levels to the formation and evolution of active galaxies. Departmental faculty, along with postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, have collaborations and joint programs with scientists in over 15 countries. We take great pride in teaching our undergraduate and graduate students, and have developed an instructional Physics website (Hyperphysics) which receives about 50 million hits per year! The Department also runs the CHARA Array, the largest optical/IR interferometer in the world.
We offer graduate programs of study leading to the MS degree in physics and the PhD in physics or in astronomy. The Department’s goal of excellence in graduate education is promoted by: an emphasis on meaningful research beginning the student’s first semester, individualized attention, a curriculum providing a solid foundation in physics and astronomy as well as diversity for individual interests, active participation by students at major accelerators and telescopes at national laboratories and observatories, access to powerful computing and image processing facilities, well-equipped experimental research laboratories, particular attention to skill training to enhance the students’ employment prospects, and close working relationships with scientists actively engaged in research.

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740

Looking for a one-stop shop for physics grad schools, including data on each program’s research areas and financial assistance, as well as advice on how to apply and other critical information? GradSchoolShopper and the accompanying print book, “”Graduate Programs in Physics, Astronomy and Related Fields,”” is a web-based resource offering the largest, most comprehensive, and updated information on graduate programs related to physics, astronomy, and related fields. GradSchoolShopper is a service of the American Institute of Physics, and is available to students for free. For more information, go to: http://www.GradSchoolShopper.com

Hamamatsu Corporation
360 Foothill Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Hamamatsu Corporation is the North American subsidiary of Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan), a leading manufacturer of devices for the generation and measurement of infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light. These devices include photodiodes, avalanche photodiodes, photomultiplier tubes, scientific light sources, infrared detectors, photoconductive detectors, image sensors, LEDs, and pulsed laser diodes. Also, the parent company manufactures cameras capable of low-light photon counting, ultrafast streak imaging, and real-time processing for a wide range of scientific and research applications. The parent company is dedicated to the advancement of photonics through extensive research. This corporate philosophy results in state-of-the-art products which are used throughout the world in scientific, industrial, and commercial applications.

Howard University, Department of Physics & Astronomy
2355 Sixth Street, NW, Room 105
Washington, DC 20059
www.howard.edu and www.physics1.howard.edu
Contact: Dr. Prabhakar Misra, pmisra@howard.edu; 202-806-6245

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Howard University is a selective program that strives for a recognized level of national and international excellence in research and teaching in physics and to assure that students of African American descent and other underrepresented groups are given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential in physics. The Department offers programs of studies leading to the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, with specializations in atmospheric physics, condensed matter physics, optics and laser spectroscopy, and high energy and elementary particle physics. Special Facilities, Equipment & Programs include: Extensive atmospheric studies conducted through the NASA University Research Center and the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Howard University Beltsville Research Facility; Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Laboratories; Computational Physics Laboratory; String Theory, Supersymmetry & Theoretical Physics; and state-of-the-art Experimental Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory.

Idaho State University, Department of Physics
Campus Box 8106
Pocatello, Idaho 83209-8288
Contact: Steve Shropshire, shrostev@isu.edu, 208-282-2212
Nuclear Physics, Radiobiology, Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, and Anthropology Summer Program at Idaho State University (REU)
The ISU REU program will start May 20 and end July 26, 2013. This 10 week program focuses on cutting edge interdisciplinary research in nuclear science with applications in chemistry, nuclear physics, materials science, nuclear engineering, radiobiology, homeland security, anthropology, and health physics. Weekly seminars and a lecture series are part of the program. There are 8 positions available. The stipend is $4,840, housing and a meal allowance are provided, as is reimbursement for travel to and from ISU. An additional $200 will be provided for travel and registration at a regional professional conference to present REU project research following the ISU REU experience. Weekend activities will include whitewater rafting, a visit to Yellowstone, camping, and hiking.
Additional information and an application form are available at http://www.physics.isu.edu/internships/reu.html. All applications are due by February 1, 2013. In addition, provide a letter of interest, two letters of reference, and official transcripts.

Indiana University
Swain Hall West, Room 117
727 E. Third St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7105
www.physics.indiana.edu; www.indiana.edu/~physreu
Contact: June Dizer, gradphys@indiana.edu, 812-855-3973; John Carini, physreu@indiana.edu, 812-855-4359

The Indiana University – Bloomington Department of Physics is engaged in cutting-edge research at the forefront of the field – from the study of complex biological systems to experiments on the simple yet mysterious neutrino. Our 40 faculty members are leaders of this research in labs within beautiful Swain Hall on the IU-Bloomington campus and at facilities around the world. One theme is constant in all of this research – the importance of graduate and undergraduate student researchers. As a student in our physics department, you will have the opportunity to be a crucial and integral participant in some of the most exciting experiments in the field.

Iowa State University
1137 Pearson Hall
Ames, IA 50011
Contact: Dr. Craig Ogilvie, cogilvie@iastate.edu, 515-294-4531

Graduate study in one of more than 120 graduate programs at Iowa State gives you one-on-one mentoring that focuses on your needs and aspirations, together with all the resources of one of the world’s most respected research institutions, including
-World-class computing facilities across all major platforms
-Network connections in all classrooms and residence-hall rooms
-More than 580 campus wide public wireless access points
-A comprehensive research library housing millions of books, monographs, serials, and microform, film, and video units
Along with your major professor and study committee, you_ll collaborate in a student-friendly environment with faculty members who are leaders in their fields. Whether in seminars, research labs, studios, or internships, you_ll learn in small dynamic groups of peers and faculty.
For program-related requirements, consult the Graduate College’s website at www.grad-college.istate.edu.

Jefferson Laboratory
12000 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News,VA 23606
Contact: Yvonne Cutler, yhcutler@jlab.org

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) is one of 17 national laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The lab’s primary mission is to conduct basic research of the atom’s nucleus using the lab’s unique particle accelerator, known as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). Jefferson Lab also conducts a variety of research using its Free-Electron Laser, which is based on the same electron-accelerating technology used in CEBAF.
In addition to its science mission, the lab provides programs designed to help educate the next generation in science and technology, and to engage the public.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Center for Science and Engineering Education (CSEE)
One Cyclotron Road
MS: 7R0222
Berkeley, CA 94720
Contact: Susan Brady, education@lbl.gov, 510-486-5511

As one of the 17 U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories, Berkeley Lab conducts unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Come learn about summer and academic year mentored research and technical internships for undergraduate and faculty members.

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-8440
Contact: Sergey Klimenko, Klimenko@phys.ufl.edu, 352-514-8225

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) is a group of more than 900 scientists from dozens of institutions and 14 countries worldwide seeking to make the first direct detection of gravitational waves, use them to explore the fundamental physics of gravity, and develop the emerging field of gravitational wave science as a tool of astronomical discovery. The LSC works toward this goal through research on, and development of techniques for, gravitational wave detection; and the development, commissioning and exploitation of gravitational wave detectors. The LSC carries out the science of the LIGO Observatories, located in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana as well as that of the GEO600 detector in Hannover, Germany. Our collaboration is organized around three general areas of research: analysis of LIGO and GEO data searching for gravitational waves from astrophysical sources, detector operations and characterization, and development of future large scale gravitational wave detectors.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Physics
Department of Physics, 4-304
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Contact: John Belcher, jbelcher@mit.edu, 617-452-3396

The MIT Physics Department is one of the largest in the nation, in part because it includes astronomy and astrophysics. Our research programs include theoretical and experimental particle and nuclear physics, cosmology and astrophysics, plasma physics, theoretical and experimental condensed-matter physics, atomic physics, and biophysics. Our students_both undergraduate and graduate_have opportunities to pursue forefront research in almost any area.

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Contact: Zachary Constan, constan@nscl.msu.edu, 5173336363

Michigan State University offers graduate research in fields from particle physics to acoustics. Our nuclear science program is ranked #1 in the country thanks to the on-campus National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. MSU Physics & Astronomy ranks within the top ten of US universities for R&D and citation impact, and takes great pride in reliably funding students with research assistantships early in their careers.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1070
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
Contact: NIST Public Inquiries, inquiries@nist.gov, 301-975-NIST

Founded in 1901 and now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major handicap to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time_a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of England, Germany, and other economic rivals. Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies_nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair_to the largest and most complex of human-made creations, from earthquake-resistant skyscrapers to wide-body jetliners to global communication networks. We invite you to explore www.nist.gov to learn about our current projects, to find out how you can work with us, or to make use of our products and services.

National Society of Black Physicists
1100 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1010
Arlington, VA 22201
Contact: Paul Gueye, gueye@jlab.org, 757-771-1826

Since its foundation in 1977, the National Society of Black Physicists has been true to its mission in promoting the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large. NSBP has established itself as the premier physics organization for African Americans in the nation.

National Society of Hispanic Physicists
Contact: David Ernst, david.j.ernst@vanderbilt.edu, 615-343-0483
The purpose of this society is to promote the professional well-being and recognize the accomplishments of Hispanic physicists within the scientific community of the United States and within society at large. The Society seeks to develop and support efforts to increase opportunities for Hispanics in physics and to increase the number of practicing Hispanic physicists, particularly by encouraging Hispanic students to enter a career in physics.
By promoting the study of physics among Hispanic students. This includes encouraging and mentoring students, developing resources for undergraduate study, research, and participation in the scientific community. And also to serve as role models for the students and a resource for their families when needed.
By identifying and heralding the accomplishments of Hispanic faculty and students. Our society recognizes and celebrates these accomplishments of faculty and students in research, teaching, study, mentoring and outreach.
By providing a forum through which Hispanic faculty and students can come together and celebrate not just the pursuit, and passion, of science but also sharing a rich and vibrant culture.
By working with the larger physics community as teachers, faculty, and administrators to transform the physics community into a more inclusive and diversified one. This work includes joining with other societies, developing resources, highlighting effective practices and programs, and improving access of minority serving institutions to physics resources.

NOVA Science Now/Science Cafes

Ohio State University
191 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1117
Contact: Michelle McCombs, mccombs.75@osu.edu

The Center for Emergent Materials, CEM, a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), at The Ohio State University performs integrated research on emergent materials and phenomena in magnetoelectronics, creating new paradigms in computing and information storage. CEM_s research activities focus on a new understanding of electron-spin injection and transport, and the synthesis and exploitation of multifunctional properties of innovative double perovskite heterostructures.
In anticipation of a need for spin-preserving, heterogeneous networks for next-generation spintronic devices, an Interdisciplinary Research Group, IRG-1, in the CEM studies fundamental interactions within the unit cell of a prototype spin network. Integral to this network are low-dimensional structures made of spin-preserving materials. Efficient generation of spin-polarized free carriers and their injection into these structures is studied together with the transport and extraction of those carriers.
Growth and characterization of epitaxial double perovskite thin films and heterostructures are studied by IRG-2, coupled with development of theoretical models to understand and predict their properties. Perovskite heterostructures allow properties of individual layers to be varied dramatically while the common structural framework allows maintaining epitaxial registry between layers. Interfacial phenomena are being used to prepare novel materials and control the properties of the heterostructures.

Old Dominion University
OCNPS Bldg., Room 306
4600 Elkhorn Ave. 
Norfolk, VA 23529
Contact: Charles I. Sukenik, csukenik@odu.edu, 757-683-3471

Old Dominion University (ODU) is a state-­‐supported Carnegie Doctoral/ Research High Activity institution, located in Norfolk, Virginia. The university currently has approximately 25,000 students and over 720 full-time faculty. The ODU Physics Department (http://sci.odu.edu/physics/) has 20 regular faculty members, 50 graduate students and over 70 physics majors and minors. Research areas include experimental and theoretical nuclear physics, experimental and theoretical atomic and few-body physics, accelerator science, condensed matter physics, geophysics and material science. Research is mainly conducted on campus, at nearby Jefferson Lab and at the NASA Langley Research Center. The Physics Department is also home to the recently formed Center for Accelerator Science. Norfolk, Virginia is a culturally rich, historic city and a major international maritime center in a metropolitan area of over 1.5 million people. Norfolk, one of seven cities that form the Hampton Roads region, is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay within convenient driving distance of Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Research Triangle Park NC and Richmond VA.

The Optical Society (OSA)
2010 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Contact: Alison Jordon, ajordan@osa.org, 202-416-1432

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) was organized to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied; to promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds; and to encourage cooperation among them. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational.
The Optical Society brings together optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators, and business leaders. OSA’s membership totals more than 17,000 individuals from over 100 countries. Approximately 52 percent of the Society’s members reside outside the United States.

Physics Today
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact: Randolph A. Nanna, Rnanna@aip.org, 301-209-3102

Tomorrow’s innovations start with the 120,000 researchers who read Physics Today. And where do the best and brightest of those 120,000 researchers get their first taste of the intriguing world of physics? At PhysCon! Physics Today is the world_s foremost physics magazine. Students can join SPS for only $24/year–and they’ll get Physics Today in print and online for free! If you don’t sign up at the conference, do so at www.spsnational.org/about/benefits.htm

Sigma Pi Sigma
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact: Sacha Purnell,sigmapisigma@aip.org, 301-209-3007
Sigma Pi Sigma is the official honor society of the physics profession. Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Stop by to find out more about Sigma Pi Sigma inductions, starting a chapter at your school, or the awards and scholarships supported by Sigma Pi Sigma.

Society of Physics Students
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact: Sacha Purnell, sps@aip.org, 301-209-3007
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is that you be interested in physics. Besides physics majors, our members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields. Within SPS is housed Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, which elects members on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. This unique two-in-one society operates within the American Institute of Physics, an umbrella organization for ten other professional science societies.

SPS Jobs
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Contact: Bonnie Feldman and Justin Stewart, spsjobs@aip.org, 301-209-3192

SPS Jobs is the top niche employment site for entry-level physical science and engineering jobs, with more than 500 exciting new opportunities posted each month. Whether you are still in school or have already earned your degree, SPS Jobs is the best way to streamline your job search while supporting the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma.

Stanford University, School of Humanities and Sciences
Stanford, CA 94305-2070
Contact: Joseph Brown, jlbrown@stanford.edu, 650-724-7437

Syracuse University, Department of Physics
Syracuse, NY 13244
Contact: Simon Catterall, smc@physics.syr.edu, 315-443-5978
The Department of Physics at Syracuse University offers programs leading to a Ph. D in Physics with an optional M.S. degree. Our faculty are engaged in research in experimental particle physics, theoretical particle physics and cosmology, experimental condensed matter and biological physics, theoretical condensed matter physics, computational physics, experimental astrophysics and cosmology, medium energy physics and experimental gravitational wave physics.
We have approximately thirty faculty and 70 graduate students together with numerous postdoctoral fellows connected with different research groups. Our department has a diverse international flavor, featuring high caliber faculty, students and postdocs from all corners of the world. The graduate program is designed to provide a stimulating environment for students to work closely with distinguished faculty members on leading-edge research projects. Graduate student progress is carefully monitored. We realize that many students will go on to careers outside of academics and every effort is made to educate students about the wide variety of career paths available to physicists with advanced degrees. Our graduate alumni work all over the world in academic and industrial positions of all kinds.
Through a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and University fellowships the department provides full tuition scholarships, stipends, and student medical insurance for essentially all graduate students.

Teach for America
1413 K Street, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20005.
Contact: Molly Ellenberg Friedland, molly.ellenberg@teachforamerica.org, 212.279.2080 x21159

Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.

Texas Tech University
Box 41051
Lubbock, TX 79409-1051
Contact: Mahdi Sanati, m.sanati@ttu.edu, 806-742-3759

Texas Tech University prides itself on being a major comprehensive research university that retains the sense of a smaller liberal arts institution. Although enrollment is over 30,000, Texas Tech students boast of one-on-one interaction with top faculty and an environment that stresses student accomplishment. Tech offers 150 undergraduate degree programs through 11 academic colleges, a graduate school and a school of law. We offer more than 100 master’s degree programs and over 50 doctoral degree programs. The physics department of Texas Tech University, with 20 faculty members, is devoted to excellence in teaching and research. The department offers a Master of Science in physics and applied physics, and a Doctor of Philosophy in physics, with research available in the following areas: astronomy and astrophysics, biophysics, computational physics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, material physics, nano sciences, and physics education. The department currently has approximately 60 Graduate students involved in research and teaching, supported by the department. For more information about the graduate study in physics at Texas Tech University please visit the www.phys.ttu.edu. You can also contact Dr. Mahdi Sanati the graduate recruiter of the physics department at m.sanati@ttu.edu.

University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32816

University of Chicago, Department of Physics
5720 S. Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
Contact: David D. Reid, dreid@uchicago.edu, 773-702-3067
The department of physics at the University of Chicago is a premiere research department at the forefront of physics. We are looking for talented and motivated students to pursue a Ph.D. in many areas of experimental, theoretical, and computational physics. These research areas include condensed matter & atomic physics, elementary particles & accelerator physics, astrophysics & cosmology, biophysics, relativity, nuclear physics, and more. In addition to research taking place at the Chicago campus, students also have opportunities to join research efforts at CERN, Fermilab, Argonne National Laboratory, and several other off-campus research facilities.

University of Florida
P.O. Box 118440
Gainesville, FL 32611-8440
Contact: Amlan Biswas, amlan@phys.ufl.edu, 352-392-8592

The Department of Physics at the University of Florida has grown from a small department with 22 faculty members in 1979 to about 50 faculty members. The department moved into a new, 225,000 sq. ft., building in January 1998. The building includes laboratory and teaching space designed specifically for the purpose.
The growth has broadened and strengthened the research interests of the department. We have active groups in astrophysics, biological physics, condensed matter physics, and elementary particle physics. Our faculty members are internationally renowned in their areas of expertise at the various frontiers of physics and are recipients of numerous awards and honors.
The UF physics department operates the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory together with Florida State University, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, opening new research avenues for the exploration of new emerging materials and technologies. Members of the Department are also involved in many national, multi- institutional programs, such as the Laser Interferometric Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), and high energy physics experiments conducted at Fermilab, and CERN. The Institute for Fundamental Theory and the Quantum Theory Project provide the infrastructure needed to foster cross-disciplinary research among the theorists in our department.

University of Illinois at Chicago
845 W. Taylor St. M/C 273
Chicago IL 60607-7059
Contact: James Nell, jnell@uic.edu, 312-996-3400

The University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the top 200 research-funded institutions worldwide, located in the heart of a world class city. Chicago surrounds the UIC campus, stretching in every direction, offering extraordinary cultural and intellectual opportunities.
The largest university in the Chicago area, UIC has over 27,000 students, 15 colleges, and annual research expenditures exceeding $330 million.
World renowned faculty in the UIC Department of Physics work in both theoretical and experimental areas and include APS, Sloan, SPIE, and RIKEN/BNL Fellows; Distinguished Professors; University Scholars; NSF Career award winners; teaching excellence award winners; a Buckley prize winner; and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Physics graduate students are engaged in research programs that utilize world-class facilities on the UIC campus including the Microphysics Laboratory, the Research Resources Center, and the Modern Microscopy Laboratory that includes a new $3 million dollar scanning transmission electron microscope. A broad range of research is also carried out at the Fermilab and Argonne National Laboratories, located in the Chicago area, as well as Brookhaven National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Synchrotron Radiation Center, the Institut Laue-Langevin in France, and the CERN laboratory in Switzerland.

University of Miami, Department of Physics
James L. Knight Physics Building
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Contact: Kevin M. Huffenberger, huffenbe@physics.miami.edu, 305-284-7129
The Physics Department at the University of Miami has 18 faculty whose experimental and theoretical research spans disciplines including Astrophysics, Biophysics, Complexity, Condensed Matter, Optics, and Particle and String Theory. Our graduate curriculum provides for dissertation research at the forefront of a broad range of disciplines while undergraduates enjoy the benefits of small class sizes and research opportunities in these same fields.

University of Michigan, Applied Physics Program
450 Church St.
2477 Randall Laboratory
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1040
Contact: Charles Sutton, csutton@umich.edu, 734-764-4595

Applied Physics is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that bridges physics with emerging technologies. Michigan has a distinguished record of innovation in Applied Physics. With a broad range of multidisciplinary research and access to the most advanced facilities, the program offers a dynamic environment for graduate training. Structured to meet individual goals, our curriculum allows research training blending the discipline of physics with chemistry, engineering, environmental science, geology, medicine, natural resources and public policy.
The University of Michigan Applied Physics Program is committed to a leading role in this endeavor. Current projects include nanoscience and technology, condensed matter and materials physics, optics, energy, plasma and chemical physics, atomic and molecular physics, biophysics, photonics, quantum electronics and information, solid state electronics synchrotron radiation and ultrafast science.
Our graduates are highly sought after to fill leadership positions in research, industry, academia and government. We invite you to look at our website to discover why the opportunities for bridging science and technology have never been more exciting here at the University of Michigan in Applied Physics!

University of Nevada – Reno
1664 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
Contact: Jonathan Weinstein, weinstein@physics.unr.edu, 775-784-6821

The University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874, and today is Nevada’s flagship research university. The physics department has 25 faculty members specializing in atomic physics, plasma physics, and atmospheric physics. Reno lies at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains (closer to San Francisco than to Las Vegas) and a short drive from world-class skiing and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe.

University of Notre Dame
225 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Contact: Shari Heman, sherman@nd.edu, 574-631-2813

The Physics Department at the University of Notre Dame seeks to provide an outstanding and distinctive education to our undergraduate and graduate students, while also maintaining a broad, vibrant research program as we attempt to answer some of the most fundamental questions in nature.

University of Oregon, Master’s Industrial Internship Program
1252 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1252
Contact: Lynde Ritzow, lynde@uoregon.edu, 541-346-6835

The Master’s Industrial Internship Program at the University of Oregon combines intensive course and lab work with a 9-month paid internship in industry. Students with a background in physics are encouraged to apply to the optics and semiconductor/photovoltaic tracks. Historically, 98% of our students gain internships and about 90% of those receive regular job offers from their host companies. Salaries during the internship portion typically range from $2,500 – $5,400 per month. This past year, the annualized average salary during the internship was $46,000 per year across all four tracks. The program includes targeted training in the professional skills that will enable students to build a career that will grow and evolve over a lifetime.

University of Pennsylvania, Medical Physics Graduate Program
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Contact: Stephen Avery, mmp-info@sas.upenn.edu, 215-898-6105
The UPenn Medical Physics Graduate Program is a partnership among the departments of Radiation Oncology in the Perelman School of Medicine; the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences; and the Department of Bioengineering in the school of Engineering and Applied Science. The program is fully accredited by CAMPEP (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs).
The rigorous medical physics training in the Medical Physics graduate program includes essential graduate physics, biology, and medical physics courses that balance classroom, laboratory, clinical and research experiences. The program at Penn takes medical physics training one step further by focusing on improving communication skills, ethics, and sense of responsibility in both clinical and research settings to promote the highest possible standards of patient care.
The Certificate Program in Medical Physics offers a pathway for individuals who have earned a Ph.D. in physics or a related field with a strong physics minor to enter a CAMPEP-accredited residency program in medical physics. Coursework will include radiological physics, radiation protection, medical imaging, medical ethics/government regulation, anatomy and physiology, radiobiology, and the physics of radiation therapy. Students will complete a total of 6 CUs over the course of two semesters.

University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Physics & Astronomy
One USTA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
Contact: Lorenzo Brancaleon, lorenzo.brancaleon@utsa.edu, 210-458-5694

UTSA is the fastest growing school of the University of Texas system with a total of over 31,000 students. It is poised to become the next Tier I institution among the University of Texas system.
The Physics graduate program offers world-class research opportunities in many fields including: Astrophysics, Biophysics, Nanomaterials, Solid State Physics, Lasers and Optics, as well as Space Physics.
The PhD and MS programs in Physics at UTSA are two of the newest higher degrees at the University. The Physics graduate program started in 2005 and is already listed as the fifth largest Physics graduate program in Texas with 71 PhD students and over 30 MS students.
All PhD students receive financial support via Research Assistantships or Teaching Assistantships.
Several of our PhD students have received prestigious fellowships, including the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, NASA Space Science Fellowship, National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship, etc.
In the past three years the PhD program graduates has graduated an average of 3 students per year with employment rate of the graduates at 90%. Our graduates are now employed as faculty members at universities, scientists at national laboratories, scientists in private companies, and postdoctoral fellows at universities in the USA and around the world.

University of Virginia, Department of Physics
382 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4714
Contact: Xiaochao Zheng, xz5y@virginia.edu, 434-243-4032

The graduate program in Physics at the University of Virginia is intended primarily to prepare Ph.D. graduates for careers in research and teaching in Physics. UVa has active research groups in experimental and theoretical high energy physics, nuclear physics, atomic, molecular, optical and chemical physics, and condensed matter physics. The graduate program in Physics currently has approximately 85 students, 40 standing faculty, 12 emeritus faculty, and approximately 20 postdoctoral fellows, plus visiting scholars and full-time scientific support staff.
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program are supported financially either as teaching and research assistants or by fellowships in the first year. In the following years, research leading to the dissertation can be carried out not only within the Department of Physics, but, with appropriate arrangements, either partly or entirely at other locations. Recent dissertation research has been carried out at various national laboratories across the country, such as the NIST Center for Neutron Research, Jefferson Lab, Fermilab, CERN, and the Paul Scherrer Institute. Available to students are interdisciplinary programs in physics and chemistry such as the Science and Engineering of Laser Interactions with Matter (SELIM) program, the Chemical Physics Program and the Center for Atomic, Molecular and Optical Science (CAMOS).
We invite you to explore our Department and programs at http://www.phys.virginia.edu/. You can find useful links to information regarding details of the application process, financial aid, research activities, our faculty, the town of Charlottesville and the surrounding area.

University of Wisconsin, Department of Medical Physics
1111 Highland Avenue, Room 1005
Madison, WI 53705-2275
Contact: Ron Wakai, rtwakai@wisc.edu, 608-265-4988

Medical physics is one of the most important and rapidly developing areas of physics. It applies physics to the practice of medicine, mainly in the areas of diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy. We are the oldest and largest graduate medical physics program in the US, with faculty working in nearly every area of medical physics. Research assistantships and training fellowships are available on a competitive basis. Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Virginia Tech
MC 0435
910 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Contact: Chenggang Tao, cgtao@vt.edu, 301-651-9382

The physics department at Virginia Tech has internationally-recognized groups working in experimental and theoretical aspects of astronomical, biological, biomedical, condensed matter, mathematical, nuclear, and particle physics. We have specialists working on topics ranging from neuroscience to string theory. One highlight of the department is its Center for Neutrino Physics, where experimentalists and theorists work together on neutrino physics and related subjects. Please visit the department at http://www.phys.vt.edu/research for more information on all of our programs.

Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1105
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Contact: Alexander Seidel, seidel@physics.wustl.edu

Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university in suburban St. Louis, MO, with a long standing tradition in physics research excellence. Our faculty are world leaders in their fields of research, with active groups working in astrophysics and space sciences, condensed matter and materials physics, particle and nuclear physics, and applications of physics to biology and medicine. Our graduate program offers incoming students generous support for their first two years, and a friendly community in which to pursue their research aspirations.
As a physics department, we are committed to the promotion of diversity within the culture of scientific inquiry. We especially encourage the application of women and under-represented minorities to our graduate and undergraduate programs.

West Virginia University
White Hall
Box 6315
Morgantown, WV 26506-6315
Contact: Mikel Holcomb, mikel.holcomb@mail.wvu.edu, 304-685-3329

Morgantown is the home to West Virginia University (annual enrollment of ~30,000 students) and is the cultural and commercial hub of the region. Located about an hour south of Pittsburgh and three hours from DC and Baltimore, Morgantown combines the best of small town and big town conveniences and activities. In this mountainous landscape, outdoor activities (such as hiking and whitewater rafting) are popular.
The physics department recently moved into a $30M building with state-of-the-art laboratories. Our department specializes in three topics:
Astrophysics has strengths in studies of radio pulsars, galaxy formation and evolution. Close ties with the nearby National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank provide unique opportunities for students.
Condensed Matter & Nanoscale Physics aims to understand and manipulate the behavior of various material phases on the nanoscale. There is great interest in using our observations to create improved technology, such as in the fields of spintronics, optics, and multiferroics.
Plasma Physics studies the fourth state of matter, concentrating on problems of plasma behavior that are also relevant to space plasmas and in magnetically confined fusion plasmas. The laboratory facilities include sophisticated devices for generating plasmas and measuring plasma properties.


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