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Southern Connecticut State University (Zone 1)
The Southern Connecticut State University Physics Club is a student led organization dedicated to promoting a questioning atmosphere for the understanding of the physical universe, an environment of experimentation and a setting for social interaction among those interested in the physical sciences. The Physics Club is a chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), the national undergraduate physics organization whose parent organization is the American Institute of Physics (AIP).
The SCSU Physics Club is dedicated to creating an informal context for the exchange of any questions, answers, and/or theories that may lead to a better scientific understanding of the physical universe. The group also seeks evidence to support its conclusions through formal experimentation in the SCSU laboratories. Many of our members publish their original research in national journals and display their findings at several conferences held by professional and academic organizations.
During the past years the SCSU Physics Club has held dozens of enjoyable events. We have held several movie nights where movies are shown focusing on physics, the universe, mathematics and comedy, including What the Bleep Do We Know, Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy, A Beautiful Mind and many more. Our fundraising is supported by bake sales that are held on campus and have raised $1300 in 2006 already. For the past two years, the Physics Club has organized the Physics Department Open House, where local high school and SCSU students toured our cutting edge research facilities, observed dramatic physics demonstrations and enjoyed fun activities focusing on physics.
Last year, six members of the Physics Club volunteered over 150 hours to help mentor local middle and high school with their science fair projects. In the spring of 2006, the club hosted the 2006 SPS New England Regional conference, where students from fifteen different universities came together and watched internationally renowned physicists Michio Kaku and S. James Gates give talks on their current research.
Numerous events are planned for the coming year including Movie Nights, Invited Speakers, A Physics Department Open House, Games Competitions, Out-of-state Trips, Study Groups, Lunches, Club Meetings and Community Out-reach projects.
SPS Event Participation
Hosted Zone 1 SPS Regional Conference
Mentors for New Haven Science Fair – 150+ hours
Tutors at SCSU Tutorial Center: Math/Physics
Homecoming Float: “Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian on Mars”
SCSU Physics Department Open House
- Movie Nights with Mathematics Club (A Beautiful Mind
), and with the Computer Club: (The Hitchhiker)
Advisor: Matthew Enjalran, Ph. D.
President: Charles Tirrell
Vice President: John Londa
Treasurer: Bobby MacFarlane
Secretary: Patrick Carter