NYU society of physics students


\(R_{\mu\nu}-\frac{1}{2}Rg_{\mu\nu} = \frac{8\pi G}{c^4}T_{\mu\nu}\)

\(j = \sigma T^4\)

\(I = I_0 \frac{8\pi^4 \alpha^2}{\lambda^4 R^2}(1 + \cos^2\theta)\)

We are NYU's Society of Physics Students chapter.

We aim to expand the appreciation and knowledge of physics for students and beyond.

Welcome to Spring!

Hello again, everyone!

We hope you all had a fantastic winter break, whether it was spent doing science, skiing down treacherous slopes, or just lounging around. We've got some exciting things for this semester in the works, one of them being the continuation of the Undergraduate Lecture Series.

As for our little get-togethers, our first Spring Semester meeting will be February 1st in the regular place! If you need more information about our meetings, head over to our resources page!

Undergraduate Lecture Series

We're very excited to announce that the Undergraduate Lecture Series is back! The ULS is an opportunity for undergraduates to hear what our professors are researching at an undergraduate level. If you've ever been to one of the department's Student Hours or Colloquia, you might be familiar with the confusion you get when faced with a presentation aimed at professors and graduate students who have experience in the discussed field. We know that feeling all too well and because of that the ULS assumes no knowledge beyond freshman physics!


Spring 2018:

Fall 2017:

A short FAQ for the ULS:

  • When and where do these meet?
  • We have them scheduled for Fridays at 2:00PM to 3:15PM (sometimes 12:30PM; we'll announce those occasions) in Room 1067 in 726 Broadway. They don't happen every week; they only happen when we have a professor scheduled!
  • I'm a freshman. Can I go to one of these?
  • Absolutely! Even if you don't understand some things, it's important to dip your feet into the world of actively researched physics! You won't know what you think you'd like to do unless you see it firsthand, and the professors at the ULS will demonstrate some of the available paths you can take.

Our First Two Weeks

Thank you all for coming out for our first two meetings this semester! It was great seeing old and new faces in the new room! While we don't have any photos from our first meeting, we do have some photos from our spaghetti tower buildoff that we'd like to share!

Buildoff in progress A particularly clever tower Another view of the room The winners!

Juliana looks very enthused about winning!


In case we unloaded too much information at our meetings directly, here's a rundown of what we announced.

  • The mentee application is open right now. If you are on the physics major mailing list, you should have received an email from Kaitlyn about the program and its application. There is also our post here which has the same information. If you wish to be a mentee, please fill out this application by September 24th at 11:59PM (Eastern).
  • A Wolfram representative will be conducting a Mathematica Seminar on Thursday, October 5th at 2:30PM (Eastern) in room 940. This is a first-come first-serve seating situation open to everyone in the department, so if you want to learn the ins and outs of our dearly beloved computer algebra platform, you're going to get there early!
  • We are restarting the Undergraduate Lecture Series wherein professors sit down with undergrads and talk about their research! As we nail down a time slot, if you want any particular professor to talk about their work, send one of us an email!
  • Patrick is setting up a lending library! If you want to borrow books from 1014 at some point, please send Patrick an email with the subject line being "Add me to the library". This will register you as a lender! Furthermore, until further notice do not remove anything from Meyer 333a without our (the SPS e-board's) permission.


New year, new us

Welcome to our new site! We've been working hard on this facelift all summer to coincide with our new vision for the direction of SPS.

  • Where is the old website?
  • If you're looking for our posts from 2015 and older, we have everything available here.
  • If I want to share something cool here, how do I add it?
  • Send one of us an email! If we think it's something that'll be a great addition to the site, then we'll add it.