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Society of Physics Students Events

Kaczmarczik Lecture

Drexel University Annual Physics Department Kaczmarczik Lecture

Each year, the Drexel University Department of Physics hosts the Kaczmarczik Lecture featuring a Nobel Prize winner or other renowned scientist. The lecture is open to the general public and features a Department of Physics Open House.

Past Events

American Physics Society (APS) Meeting

SPS members attended the 2015 April APS conference in Baltimore, Maryland, to present current research supported by a Sigma Pi Sigma Undergraduate Research Award.

Research Talks

Each term, SPS invites at least one Drexel faculty member to present a talk about their current research. This is a great way for students to get to know the faculty they may not have class with and to learn about the exciting research that’s currently going on at Drexel.

Recent talks have been given by Michelle Dolinski, PhD (cryogenic neutrino detections), Luis Cruz Cruz, PhD (Alzheimer’s research and aging in monkey brains), and Goran Karapetrov, PhD (vortices in type II superconductors).

Student Talks

SPS also encourages our members to present short talks on their research (from STAR or co-op). This not only gives students opportunity to practice their presentations and talks, but gives underclassmen the chance to learn from their peers.

Restaurant Trips

Restaurant trips are a fun way to begin exploring the city of Philadelphia. In the past, we’ve tried restaurants like The Devil’s Alley, Sangkee Noodle House, Buca di Beppo, Copabana, Percy Street Barbecue, and Shake Shack. Although not funded by SPS, these trips are a great way to try new food and meet new people.

Game and Movie Nights

SPS also tries to hold at least one game or movie night per academic term. This event usually focuses on socializing and becoming comfortable around other physics Undergrads. Though theses events are more focused on entertainment, we usually try to choose something with some sort of physics theme. In the past, we’ve watched "Memento" and "Primer."

National Conferences


Occasionally, SPS will organize to attend a national conference as a group. In the past, we attended the SPS National 2012 and 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress, the SPS National Zone 3 Meeting, and the American Physical Society’s March Meeting. Our members also attend and present research at conferences such as the American Astronomical Society’s Winter Meeting and the APS Division of Nuclear Physics Conference.