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Students tour SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at PhysCon 2016. Photo by Ken Cole.

PhysCon Articles

This compilation of articles by SPS Reporters captures the full depth and breadth of PhysCon 2016.


See how PhysCon 2016 impacted SPS chapters across the United States.


Speaker bios, professional development workshops, and information on the four site visits at SLAC, California Academy of Sciences, Computer History Museum, and Google X.

About PhysCon

PhysCon 2016 built on the energy and enthusiasm of the 2012 Congress with nearly 1200 participants exploring the theme Unifying Fields: Science Driving Innovation, in the Silicon Valley, CA area. Attendees spent a packed weekend making new connections, interacting with scientists and distinguished speakers, debating common concerns for the physics community and society, and visiting iconic scientific venues.

Zone 15 and Zone 11 Associate Zone Councilors Bryant Ward and Lisa McDonald at PhysCon 2016.

Students gather near the welcome sign at SLAC. Photo by Ken Cole
Students toured Students tour SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at PhysCon 2016. Photo by Ken Cole.. Photo by Ken Cole
Students with Persis Drell, Dean of Stanford University School of Engineering and former Director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Photo by Matt Payne
Networking time! Photo by Ken Cole
Honorary Congress Chair, Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, opened PhysCon 2016 with "Cosmic Fireworks - Finding Transient Events in the Universe." Photo by Ken Cole
Even more networking. Photo by Ken Cole
Eric Cornell discussed "Particle Paleontology: Looking for Fossils from the Early Universe Inside the Electron." Photo by Matt Payne
PhysCon 2016 Planning Committee Co-chairs Bill DeGraffenried and Steve Feller. Photo by Ken Cole
Society of Physics Students chapter leaders. Photo by Matt Payne
Society of Physics Students President DJ Wagner with her Grove City College chapter. Photo by Matt Payne
Outgoing Associate Zone Councilor, Deval Mehta and zone 7 Associate Zone Councilor Sally Dagher introduced Workshop IV. Photo by Matt Payne
AIP CEO Robert G.W. Brown. Photo by Ken Cole
Zone 14 Associate Zone Councilor, Rosa Wallace discusses her research. Photo by Matt Payne
PhysCon 2016 poster presentation by Nyles Fleming of Morehouse College. Photo by Matt Payne
PhysCon Art Contest. Photo by Matt Payne
Workshop IIc: Taking Your Chapter to the Next Level–from ground state to excited states. Photo by Matt Payne
Workshop I: Unifying Fields–Science Driving Technology
Sigma Pi Sigma president, Willie S. Rockward introduced many of the speakers at PhysCon 2016. Photo by Matt Payne