SPS is proud to offer a variety of events that give everyone a chance to bring out the physicist in all of us. Below you will find a list of both upcoming and past events. Have an idea for an SPS event? Shoot us an email!

Upcoming Events:

Sept 1: Information Session

Not sure if SPS is the club for you? We'll be hosting an Information Session on Tuesday, September 1st from 8-9pm. Location TBA. Come and find out who we are and what we do!

Sept 4: Welcome Back BBQ

We'll be hosting a welcome-back barbeque on Friday September 4th. Stop by to relax, grab some food, meet the club officers as well as other SPS members, and maybe even try out our slackline. Hope to see you there!

Past Events:

Aug 26: Involvement Fair!

Come check us out at the Involvement Fair on Wednesday, August 26th from 11am-2pm. We'll have a table set up on Trousdale - come say hey!

Communicating the Science of Global Warming

Renowned astrophysicist and science communicator Jeffrey Bennett, our guest speaker, will be commenting on climate change and how scientists can better communicate complicated concepts so that issues surrounding it may be better understood. Learn more about Jeffrey Bennett here.

Co-sponsored by USC Environmental Student Assembly

'Particle Fever' Viewing Party

Come watch a movie with SPS! Particle Fever is a documentary that focuses on the work done at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN. There will be popcorn.  

See the trailer here.

Speaker Event: Dr Alan Willner

Alan Willner is a professor in the USC Electrical Engineering Department. He currently does research in superfast optical connections (wireless and fiber), and his light manipulation abilities are legendary.

Research website:

Dr. Bickers' Birthday

Happy Birthday, Dr. Bickers! As tradition goes, the Society of Physics Students hosted a birthday dinner for Bickers at Papa Cristo's. We had a great time eating Greek food and can't wait until next year.

Speaker Event: Dr. Arthur Olch

Dr. Arthur Olch is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Radiation Oncology at the Keck School of Medicine and also the Chief of Physics for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Radiation Oncology Program.

The talk will address the questions: What is Medical Physics? What does a Medical Physicist do? What do you have to do to get into the field? What are some of the resources to learn more after this talk? What is the typical compensation?

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