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PhysCon 2016, held November 3-5, 2016 near San Francisco, CA and Silicon Valley, was the largest known gathering of undergraduate physics students in the United States!

Check out this compilation of PhysCon Articles by SPS Reporters, which cover the full breadth and depth of this dynamic meeting. Read more about student and SPS chapter experiences on the press page.

PhysCon 2016 Website | PhysCon 2016 Award Recipients

The Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon) brings together physics students, alumni, and faculty members for three days of frontier physics, interactive professional development workshops, and networking. Hosted by Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, anyone interested in physics is invited to attend.

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Attention SPS Members:

Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, is pleased to invite you to the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon).

This meeting will take place in California's Silicon Valley, and will center on the theme Unifying Fields: Science Driving Innovation. Undergraduates, practicing physicists, and physics alumni from a broad spectrum of career paths will gather together to address the interconnectivity of the modern world and what it means to science. This meeting is hosted by Sigma Pi Sigma, and is open to all members of the science community. So check out the program and start planning your SPS chapter’s trip to Congress. 

November 3-5, 2016 | Silicon Valley
Host Hotel: Hyatt Regency-San Francisco Airport, Burlingame, CA
Hosted by Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society


The Congress will feature talks by distinguished scientists such as

  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell, world-class astrophysicist known for discovering pulsars
  • Eric Cornell, Senior Scientist at JILA, NIST, and the Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder, and 2001 Physics Nobel Laureate
  • Persis Drell, Dean of Stanford University School of Engineering  and former Director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • S. James Gates, Distinguished Professor and Center for String & Particle Theory Director at the University of Maryland; and many more.

You will be able to participate in workshops and breakout sessions to discuss issues important to the physics community. In addition, the Congress will include site visits of the nearby SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center, and Google X; an art contest, a dance party, and lots of opportunities for networking and socializing.

It isn’t too early to start planning your trip to Congress! Last time we had over 800 students and we’re hoping to surpass that, so please plan early.

See you in November 2016!

2016 Congress Planning Committee