Dear Sigma Pi Sigma (ΣΠΣ) member,
I hope the start of September is the beginning of a great month for you. As you know, Sigma Pi Sigma sponsors a quadrennial congress which has grown into the largest single meeting of undergraduate physics and astronomy students. This conference is not your average event as it focuses on student interests and professional/community development. As such, I wanted to encourage you and any students to attend the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon) in San Francisco, CA from Nov 3rd-5th. PhysCon features workshops focused on entrepreneurship, careers, and much more. Tours of Google, SLAC, and NASA Ames are available. We also have a fantastic list of speakers, including:
- Nobel Prize winner Eric Cornell
- Jocelyn Bell Burnell
- Persis Drell
- S. James Gates
- Neil Turok
- Patrick Brady
Students will also have an opportunity to present their science as art or a poster on their research, outreach, or other endeavors. We are expecting over 1100 undergraduates to attend.
The sessions focus on the connection between innovation and science and how each can drive the other forward. Thus, our theme is Unifying Fields: Science Driving Innovation. PhysCon will focus on how each of us can reshape our world through science and determination. Registration is now open.
Please register! Early registration closes on September 30th and we have a limited number of student financial awards available.
Would you like to help make PhysCon a success? On Friday, November 4th from 7:45 am until 9:00 am we will hosting Breakfast with a Scientist during which every student will get an opportunity to sit at a table with at least one scientist, such as yourself. Many students consider Breakfast with a Scientist to be the most valuable part of their time at PhysCon. We are seeking 100 local people with a background in physics who work in a broad range of careers: industry, government labs, teaching, and academia.
Even if you cannot register, if you sign up for Breakfast with a Scientist, your meal will be complimentary and you’ll be invited to stay for the plenary session given by AIP’s Tate Medal Winner, Neil Turok, following breakfast. Mentor slots are filled on a first sign up, first serve basis so sign up early!
All of us at the National Office look forward to working with you this year and seeing you at PhysCon 2016!
Brad R. Conrad Ph.D.
Director, Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
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