1) The annual Sigma Pi Sigma Banquet was last Friday. Our newly inducted officers are Nikola Cvijanovic, President-Elect, and James Pierce, Treasurer.
2) There will be an end of the year luncheon on Wednesday, May 11 at 12:00. This will be a nice time to take a break from finals week. We will convene in the back hallway, just as we do for the Holiday Luncheon. Barbecue, buns, and drinks will be provided; faculty are asked to bring a side dish. A sign up sheet is in the office. There is no cost for students: there is a suggested $10.00 donation for faculty. If you can’t make it to the office to sign up, you can call the office at 270-745-4357.
3) Summer recruitment plans were discussed:
+ MasterPlan Student Activities Fair
+ Bake sale at DSU during MasterPlan?
+ Recruitment: posters and side-walk chalk
+ Possible summer trip to Holiday World in Indiana; more to come
4) We are beginning to plan the field trip for next semester. Possible destinations include Oak Ridge National Labs and the Huntsville Space Museum, possibly during fall break.
5) We are discussing outreach ideas for local schools; more to come.
1) The WKU Office of Scholar Development gave a presentation about nationally and internationally competitive scholarships, and what they can do to help students applying for scholarships and grants. More information can be found on their website here.
2) New officers have been elected for the 2016-2017 academic year. Congratulations to Nikola Cvijanovic, who will serve as the new President-Elect, and James Pierce, who will serve as the new Treasurer.
3) The spring picnic is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 – 3:00 at Covington Woods Park. The SPS will provide burgers, hotdogs, chips, and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert. There are signup sheets in the SPS room and the physics department office. Please RSVP if you plan on attending.
4) The annual Sigma Pi Sigma Banquet will be held on Friday, April 29th at 6:00 p.m. at Cambridge Market. Department awards will be given out, new Sigma Pi Sigma members will be inducted, and the new officers will be sworn in. If you would like to help with planning this, have a suggestion, or would like more information, please contact one of the officers.
5) Volunteers are needed for the Science Olympiad! Contact Dr. Jason Boyles if you would like to help with this or want more information. Find the website here.
6) The SPS text alert system is now working. Please stop by the SPS room or talk to Trason if you would like to be added to this system.
The Spring 2016 SPS Picnic will be on Saturday, April 16th between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at Covington Woods Park, shelter #2. We ask that everyone bring a side item or dessert; the SPS will provide burgers, hot dogs, drinks, and chips. There are sign-up sheets in the Physics Department office and the SPS room, so please RSVP if you plan to attend. The picnics are always great fun and a good time to relax before the final stretch run of the semester, so we hope to see everyone there.
Randall Harper Award for Outstanding Research in Physics and Astronomy
The WKU Department of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announce the Randall Harper Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research. Undergraduate students who have been involved in research projects, either on the WKU campus or through summer research experiences elsewhere, may apply for this award. Successful applicants will receive a certificate and $100 at the annual University Awards Ceremony.
The deadline for the 2016 competition is Monday, March 21, 2016 at noon. For further information please read the Award Announcement. To apply please download and complete the online application form using Adobe Acrobat Reader (PC) or Preview (Mac).
1) The SPS T-shirts have been ordered and will cost $10 each. They should be in the week after spring break. Please pay when you receive your shirt.
2) The spring picnic is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th from 11:00 – 3:00 at Covington Woods Park. The SPS will provide burgers, hotdogs, chips, and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert.
3) Officer nominations for the 2016-2017 academic year are being held now! The President-Elect and Treasurer positions are open. If you would like to run for one of these positions or nominate someone else, please stop by the SPS room. The nomination period will end on Friday, March 18th. View officer duties here.
4) The planned trip to Oak Ridge National Labs may be cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. More information to come.
5) The end of the year SPS banquet is being planned now. It will be held on a Friday evening towards the end of the semester. Department awards will be given out, new Sigma Pi Sigma members will be inducted, and the new officers will be sworn in. If you would like to help with planning this, have a suggestion, or would like more information, please contact one of the officers.
6) We are currently setting up a text alert system. If you would like to receive text reminders of SPS events and news, please stop by the SPS room to write down your phone number.
7) Physics department faculty are considering having an end of the year luncheon, similar to the holiday luncheon. If you would like to weigh in on this idea, please contact Dr. Carini.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory provides an array of undergraduate and graduate research internships. Levels include:
In addition, many National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs are still accepting applications. For example, the University of Chicago’s Materials Research Center has an REU deadline of February 15.
Summer research internships are a great way to build your resume for graduate school or help you focus your scientific career. Two opportunities that have recently been shared with the department are:
- College of Wooster – research in nonlinear dynamics, granular materials, pattern formation, quantum optics, and celestial mechanics, among other topics; $6k stipend; applications due February 29
- University of Notre Dame – research in astronomy/astrophysics, condensed matter, high-energy physics, nuclear physics, and physics education, among other topics; $5k stipend + free housing; applications due February 20
Many others can be found on the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates website. Some applications are due as early as February 1st, so act now if you are interested!
The WKU IEEE Student Chapter has extended an invitation to an Entrepreneurship Talk on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. It will be held in Snell Hall, Room 1101. Doors open at 6:15. All Ogden students are invited to attend this panel discussion.
The calendar has just been updated with a variety of different conferences and their application deadlines. If you are interested in a particular conference, clicking on it in the calendar will take you to the official website.
For those who may still be looking, here are a couple of late opportunities for grad + summer programs:
- The Graduate Physics program at Texas A&M University – Commerce is still recruiting for fall. This is a growing M.S. program with research areas including nuclear theory, nuclear astrophysics, astronomy, surface physics, materials science, and applied physics. Details are available online at tamuc.edu/physics, or by contacting Matt Wood, Department Head. To apply, visit tamuc.edu/graduateAdmissions.
- The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is looking for summer teaching assistants to help gifted high school students learn in areas of physics, engineering, and robotics. Courses run in different locations in the U.S. between late June and early August. TAs have room and board provided in addition to salary. For more details, including how to apply, see cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer.
Please follow the links above for more information.