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Meetings  
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25th Annual Rochester Symposium for Physics, Astronomy and Optics Students (RSPS)

Report & Photos by Janet Fogg

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The SPS Zone 2 Regional Meeting and 25th Annual Rochester Symposium for Physics, Astronomy and Optics Students (RSPS).  

The SPS Zone 2 Regional Meeting and 25th Annual Rochester Symposium for Physics, Astronomy and Optics Students (RSPS), held on Saturday, April 1, 2006, was a success! This year's Symposium was held at Houghton College—the first time in the twenty-four year history of the symposium that it was held away from the University of Rochester. The RSPS was instituted to provide an opportunity for undergraduates to present an account of their own personal research at a meeting whose format was chosen to closely resemble those of professional scientific societies.

A total of 62 people attended the 2006 RSPS, consisting of undergraduates, faculty and staff. Participants were from Houghton College, University of Rochester, Colgate University, West Point Military Academy, Binghamton University, SUNY at Fredonia, SUNY at Oswego, Canisius College, and Union College.

 
Special guest speaker Professor Rebecca Koopmann, from Union College  

The undergraduate participants presented 21 research talks during the symposium, while three undergraduates presented their research in the form of posters. Special guest speaker Professor Rebecca Koopmann, from Union College (pictured at left), gave a talk titled "Accelerated Galaxy Evolution in the Stressful Environment of a Cluster of Galaxies." Professor Koopermann is an alumni of the RSPS. A total of 25 abstracts were published on-line, including Professor Koopmann's presentation (see abstracts here).

Those who attended the meeting would like to give a special thank you to Houghton College faculty and staff, including Professor Mark Yuly, Chair, Department of Physics; Dr. Ron Oakerson, Academic Vice President and Dean of the College; and Martha Whiting, Secretary, Department of Physics. Also, thank you to the drivers, and the Chairs of RSPS at the University of Rochester Department of Physics and Astronomy: Professor Paul Tipton and Professor Frank Wolfs.

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