The Coe College Chapter of the National Society of Physics Students (SPS) is consistently ranked as an Outstanding Chapter, an award reserved for only the top 10 percent of SPS chapters nationally. Those chapters that are honored excel in physics areas such as research, public science outreach, tutoring programs, representation at physics meetings, and social interaction of chapter members. More than 70 students and graduates from the physics department have been inducted into the physics honor society Sigma Pi Sigma for their contributions, with around five new members a year.
We host many events for our members, the department, and the Coe community including:
A weekly ice cream social on Fridays, open to the whole campus, where a recent article related to physics, often taken from Physics Today, is presented during the minute of science.
Yearly winter and spring parties at the department faculty's homes. Jim Cottingham hosts the winter party, Ugur Akgun hosts the spring party, Steve Feller holds a dinner for all graduating physics majors, and SPS orientation barbeques are held at Professor Mario Affatigato's house for new and rejoining members.
The annual Faculty Impersonation Contest, where students are free to impersonate any faculty member (without fear of repercussions). Last year, more than 50 students and faculty attended. Refreshments, as well as prizes for the most impressive impersonations, are provided.
Every spring, we hold the annual Physics Club Banquet at a local restaurant to elect physics club officers for the following year and honor graduating students. A keynote speaker is also invited to give a talk related to physics.
Every five years, Coe College holds a physics alumni reunion, where graduates spend a weekend reminiscing about their experiences in the physics department and give talks on what they have accomplished since graduation. This is also a great opportunity for current students to network with experts in industry and research.