Twelve students from the Physics & Astronomy Department attended the 2019 Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Congress (Phys Con) in Providence, Rhode Island, the largest gathering of undergraduate physics students in the world. The biannual conference is sponsored by the American Institute of Physics.
Students attended workshops, listened to lectures from Nobel prize winners, and toured campuses in the area, including Brown, Harvard, and MIT. They were also able to collaborate and interact with other physics students and professionals.
During the conference, U physics students were encouraged to record their impressions of the event. Here are some of their observations:
“The demo presentation at Brown this evening has definitely been my favorite event so far. It reminded me how exciting physics is and how much I really do love it. I also connected with many physics students from different schools, and it was great to network and share experiences with them.”
“Overall, my experience at PhysCon was wonderful. I had the privilege of meeting several distinguished persons, including James Gates, John Mather, and particularly Jocelyn Bell Burnell, discoverer of pulsars, who stopped by to review my poster, and we discussed improving astronomy outreach programs. I also received a lot of valuable information about careers in government and industry, in addition to listening to several research talks.”
To raise money for the students to attend, the U’s chapter of the Society of Physics students created a crowdfunding campaign, using the U’s recently launched UStarter platform. The UStarter campaign was successful in raising some of the funds needed to cover the travel costs of students.