SPS Zone Meeting
April 7, 2017 to April 9, 2017
Atlanta, GAMeeting host: SPS Chapter:
The Emory Society of Physics Students hosted this year’s Zone 6 meeting, inviting schools from across Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Puerto Rico. We had approximately 40 students attend over the course of our 3-day long event. Throughout those 3 days, we offered activities ranging from professor talks and lab tours to demonstrations and board games. Funding for this event was provided from the National Society of Physics Students, the Emory Physics Department, and the Emory graduate program.
Friday: We began our conference with light snacks and refreshments during registration. Once the first set of attendees were registered, our club president and faculty advisor, Justin Burton; gave opening remarks, welcoming those who attended that night. We then transitioned into the first two talks that we had planned. We had two Emory professors give brief research talks before ending the Friday session.
Saturday: We started our day with a provided breakfast alongside our registration. At the end of breakfast, we welcomed the new attendees that were unable to attend the Friday evening schedule. From there, we started with our first group of research talks. The scheduled talks throughout Saturday featured professors from colleges within Zone 6. Our morning section consisted primarily of talks from professors with a small intermission for refreshments and snacks halfway. After the first group of speakers gave their talks, we then closed for lunch, which we had catered. During lunch, we held a Graduate Student Panel which was headed by our SPS faculty advisor, the director of graduate studies, and some graduate students in the Emory University Physics department. During this panel, students and professors alike asked about information pertaining to graduate school, ranging from the importance of taking the GRE to graduate school life. After our panel and lunch, we moved into our “Freeform Physics Session,” which included tours of some of Emory’s Physics-oriented labs, free planetarium shows, a 3D printing table, and demonstration showcases.
From there, we transitioned into the remaining professor talks, and after that we held our own poster session, in which undergraduate and graduate students were able to display their posters and discuss the research they have done. After the poster session, we gave our attendees a tour of our campus and answered any questions they had about life at Emory from a student’s perspective. Finally, we served dinner, which was provided by the Physics Graduate Program and the Young Emory Physicists (YEP). YEP also was able to provide card games and board games for all the remaining attendees.
The entirety of our costs came from food items. Our funding sources consisted from the National Society of Physics Students, the Emory Physics Department, and the Emory graduate program.