The Physics DUG, in collaboration with Yale’s Society of Physics Students, co-hosted Brown’s first Society of Physics Students Zone Meeting from Friday to Saturday October 23-24, 2020!

The virtual event attracted undergraduates studying physics and related fields throughout the Northeast area. Over 80 students from 15 institutions attended. The event was led by Natalie Rugg, the Associate Zone Councilor from Brown, as well as the Physics DUG coordinators and Yale SPS board members.

The zone meeting included both social and academic events, from Physics Jeopardy to student research presentations to a faculty panel discussion. The keynote speaker was Dr. Sylvester James Gates Jr., who spoke about his involvement in public policy and answered questions about his multifaceted career. A central theme of the meeting was diversity and inclusion, with faculty panelists from both Brown and Yale addressing the current state of the physics community.

You can find out more about the Zone Meeting at the Society of Physics Students Zone 1 Website: https://sps-zone-1.github.io/, which also houses resources for undergraduates in physics.  Abstracts can be found here.