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PhysCon registrants have the opportunity to go on one of the following tours on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Most tours occur on Thursday morning. The tours have strict entry requirements, as outlined below, which will be enforced, especially those related to citizenship and ID requirements. Failure to comply with the requirements could mean forfeiting the tour opportunity.

Only those who have paid the full PhysCon registration fee can go on the tours. Space is limited, so attendees may not be able to get their first choice of tour. Tours are limited to one per attendee. All tours are approximately 5 hours in length, including travel time.

Most tours occur on Thursday morning. Plan to arrive Wednesday night because of the early bus times.

Roundtrip shuttle service is provided to transport attendees to/from the hotel to the tour sites. Bottled water available.

Tour registration cost is $10 (early bird)/ $20 (general) for each tour. Only one tour can be selected per attendee.  No on-site registration is available for tours.

Tour registration closes October 11.

Sometimes, because of events beyond our control, tours can be cancelled. Tour fees are not refundable.


Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is a private, nonprofit research and higher education facility dedicated to the study of marine science and engineering. Its scientists and engineers are committed to understanding all facets of the ocean, as well as its complex connections with Earth’s atmosphere, land, ice, sea floor, and life—including humanity. Its work touches every aspect of physics: geological activity deep within the earth; plant, animal, and microbial populations and their interactions in the ocean; coastal erosion; ocean circulation; ocean pollution; and global climate change.

Students will hear from field experts, tour WHOI facilities and potentially tour their research vessel.

Moderate walking. 

Additional lunch cost: $10 


Naval Submarine Base New London

The Naval Submarine Base New London is the Navy's first submarine base and home of the Submarine Force Library and Museum. A naval yard in 1868, the site is now home to a submarine school, a major submarine construction yard, and home port for several submarines. Come visit the museum, tour an active duty submarine (Los Angeles or Virginia class), and investigate the high stress trainers and sub simulator.

Moderate walking. Wheelchair accessible except on submarine.

Lunch on your own, can be purchased onsite.


Brown University Department of Physics

Dating back to 1772, Brown University's Department of Physics is a leader in the science community. Explore up to six cutting-edge research laboratories, hear from field luminaries, visit with department faculty, and tour the campus with the local SPS chapter. With research specialties including Astrophysics & Cosmology, BioPhysics, Condensed Matter, Particle Experimental, and High Energy Theory, the department has a lot to offer any upcoming physicist.

Extensive walking. 

Lunch on your own, can be purchased onsite.


Harvard University Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at Harvard is large and diverse in its research interests. With 10 Nobel Prize winners to its credit, the distinguished faculty of today engage in teaching and research that span the discipline and define its borders.  Accordingly, Harvard is consistently one of the top-ranked physics departments in the nation. Visit research laboratories (Center for Nanoscale Systems, BioPhysics, Robotics and more), hear from Harvard faculty, learn about their graduate program, and explore their cutting-edge research through a poster session.

Extensive walking.

Lunch on your own, can be purchased onsite.


MIT Department of Physics

The highly acclaimed MIT Physics Department’s mission is excellence in physics research and teaching. The department also aims for inclusion -- to tell the  story of the physical universe to the world means having all the world's voices as part of the community.

Come visit this center of research that strives to be at the forefront of many areas where new physics can be found. The local SPS chapter will guide the tour to visit research laboratories (up to ten options), the campus facilities, and hear from leaders in the field.

Extensive walking. 

Lunch on your own, can be purchased onsite.


Rhode Island Hospital

Interested in Medical Physics as a career? This tour is for you! Visit the Rhode Island Hospital, located in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Providence.

This interactive tour will let you see what it's really like to be a medical physicist! The tour includes a talk by two recently graduated medical physicists, detailed information about career pathways for medical physicists, advice on graduate school options, and a clinical tour featuring dosimeters, CTE scanner, patient immobilization, and much more.

Moderate walking. 

Lunch on your own, can be purchased onsite.


Optikos Corporation

Interested in a career in industry? Want to know where your physics undergraduate degree could take you? Optikos Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of equipment for the measurement of optical image quality. For more than 30 years, Optikos has been a recognized leader in the fields of optical and electro-optical testing. Located just north of Boston, see what industrial physicists do, visit research laboratories, hear from industry leaders including Stephen Fantone, former president of OSA, and explore how you can use your physics degree after graduation.

Moderate walking.

Accessibility: Not advised for the severely visually impaired.

Additional lunch cost: $10 


Ladd Observatory (evening tour)

Night tour! The historic LADD Observatory dates back to 1891. and houses the original 12''  refracting telescope with a lens made by John A. Brashear of Pittsburgh following the lens design of Prof. Charles S. Hastings. Come see this feat of engineering along with a breathtaking collection of astronomical instruments. Tour the historic observatory, learn about observational astronomy, and (weather permitting) join us for a evening of observing. Bring warm clothes!

There are two tours of LADD Observatory available.

Moderate walking.

Accessibility: Not advised for the severely visually impaired.