Bridgewater State University Society of Physics Students (BSU SPS).

Re-established: Fall 2014
President: Talia Martin
Faculty Advisors: Ed Deveney ('Dr. D') and Thaya Paramanathan ('Dr. Thaya')

Introduction Fall 2014:

The BSU physics department is starting a chapter of the Society of Physics Students, or SPS, (part of the American Institute of Physics). Anyone interested in physics can join, even non-physics majors.

We will be meeting once a month to discuss chapter business. Our first meeting will be on Friday September 19th from 1:30-2:30. This meeting will be for introductions and to get input from everyone about what direction the chapter should take and what types of activities everyone would like to see us participating in. In general we will be planning on doing things like having meetings to discuss research opportunities and current events in physics, go on field trips, have guest speakers, participate in fund raising events and of course have fun. The group will also be a way for the upper level physics students to help the newer students learn to negotiate the world that is BSU physics.

Membership in the SPS is not required to participate (except for officers), but is encouraged and costs $24/year. Here (http://spsnational.org/about/benefits.htm) you can find more information about the benefits of membership, but the big one is that you can also, as part of your membership, be a member of two other American Institute of Physics groups, including the American Physical Society, (APS). The APS (http://www.aps.org/) and the SPS both have many internship and scholarship opportunities and you must be an APS member to present a poster of your research at one of their conferences and it is cheaper to sign up this way than the traditional membership. To join all you have to do is go to http://membership.spsnational.org/ and make sure you put Bridgewater State College (yes it still says college...) as your chapter, the chapter number is 0697. Make sure to pick the one that says State, or St., and that the number matches as there is another Bridgewater College.

For more information contact Talia Martin (t1martin@student.bridgew.edu) or Dr. Deveney (edeveney@bridgew.edu).

We hope to see you at the first meeting.

BSU SPS by laws (f2014)

Bridgewater State University Chapter of the

Society of Physics Students
The name of this organization shall be “The Bridgewater State University Chapter of the Society of Physics Students”.
The purpose of this Chapter shall be the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of physics, the encouragement of interest in physics throughout the academic and local communities, and the introduction of students to the professional community.
Section I. Society of Physics Students Membership
Membership in this Society of Physics Students Chapter shall be open to all individuals interested in physics.
Section 1. Chapter Officers
The officers of the Chapter shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer; succession shall be in accordance with this order. Any two of the last three offices may be combined. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by this Chapter.
Section 2. Elections
Officers shall be elected at a scheduled meeting in April of each year. Nominations shall be by open nomination at a meeting in the previous month. The election shall be by closed ballot. Officers-elect shall assume their offices immediately following the election and shall hold office for one year or until their successors are duly elected.

The Chapter Advisor shall be a faculty member appointed by the Chairman of the Physics Department, after consultation with the Chapter officers. The Chapter Advisor shall provide liaison among the Chapter, the Physics Department, and the National Office of the Society of Physics Students. The Chapter Advisor will supply counseling to the Chapter, furnish continuity of experience in Chapter operations, and provide long-range perspective to insure departmental interest in and support of the Society of Physics Students. The Chapter Advisor shall assist the Secretary in furnishing the National Office with the required data and shall assist the Treasurer in transmitting fees and dues to the National Office.
Regular meetings shall be held monthly as determined by the officers. Special meetings may be called by the President or Vice-President. There shall be at least six meetings per year.
Local dues of $0 annually shall be collected by the Treasurer in addition to the dues required by the National Office.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Chapter in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Chapter may adopt.
These bylaws may be amended by a two thirds vote, provided that the amendment shall have been proposed at least one meeting previous to the time of vote. Such amendments shall conform to the regulations established by the National Constitution of the Society of Physics Students.

*Variations in bylaws, as required to suit local circumstances, are acceptable providing they agree with the spirit of the National Constitution of the Society of Physics Students.

SPS e-mails:

Oct., 3 2014:

Hi Everyone,

Our next Society of Physics Students meeting will be on October 17, 2014 from 1:30-2:30.

In addition, I'd like to get an idea of who is interested in going to the following activities, so we can get an idea of numbers.

We have:

Friday, October 24th, at UCONN-2012 Nobel Prize winner D.J. Wineland lecture on superposition, entanglement and Schrodinger cat type things. I cannot attend this so is there anyone else that would like to go that can take the lead on it?

Wednesday, October 29th-Open Lab night, we are looking for some physics majors to run the advanced lab stuff, like the muon experiment, the standing wave demonstration, things like that.

New England Section American Physical Society Meeting-Wentworth Institute of Technology- Boston– Friday and Saturday November 7th and 8th – Register by October 24th. If you want to present a poster submit abstracts by October 10th. Cost: $20 plus you can pay more for a box lunch and the banquet on one of the nights.

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, Yale – January 16th-18th . Must apply by October 31st.

Also, working on getting some guest speakers in, so if anyone has any suggestions/ideas, let me know.

Thanks, Talia

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that we are having a Society of Physics Students meeting today at 1:30 in 278.

Next Friday, October 24th, we are planning on going to UCONN-2012 Nobel Prize winner D.J. Wineland lecture on superposition, entanglement and Schrodinger cat type things. Please let Steve Lind at slind@bridgew.edu. The talk begins at 5:00, but people may want to go up early to look around the campus.

October 29th-We are still looking for people to help with the open lab night. Let Talia know if you are available.

The following Friday, October 31st, We will be getting together for a showing of the movie "Particle Fever"

From their website "For the first time, a film gives audiences a front row seat to a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation."

We will be serving popcorn and drinks.

Please let Talia Martin (t1martin@student.bridgew.edu) know by October 24th if you would like to come, just so we have an idea of how many people are interested.

After that we have the New England Section APS meeting. This is fun to go to as there will be lectures to sit in on and poster sessions for undergrad research. It will be at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston on November 7th and 8th. There is a registration fee of $20 to attend. The registration deadline is October 24th, also, please let Talia (t1martin@student.bridgew.edu) know once you have registered so we can figure out who is going and how to get there.

On on of the following Fridays in November (the 14th and 21st) we are trying to get a guest speaker to come in. Whichever of those dates does not have the guest speaker will be our November Meeting.

SPS Webpage: https://deveney-bsu-physics.wikispaces.com/Society+of+Physics+Students+%28SPS%29