Officers and Committees 2021-2022

Committee List flyer - to come



Karsten Heeger

Director of Graduate Admissions

Helen Caines

Director of Graduate Studies

Bonnie Fleming

Graduate Program Team

Bonnie Fleming (DGS)
Rona Ramos (coordinator)
Stacey Watts (registrar)
Andy Szymkowiak (advisor)

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Nikhil Padmanabhan

Undergraduate Program Team

Nikhil Padmanabhan (DUS)
Daphne Klemme (registrar)

Director of Postdoctoral Affairs

Meg Urry

Joint Boards of Permanent Officers (JBPO) Quorum Members



Yale Physics sponsors prize lectures in physics, bringing distinguished scientists to Yale to present results of frontier research and interact with our faculty, research staff, and students. The weekly colloquium series of the Yale Physics Department is called the Physics Club. These lectures are aimed at graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, research staff and faculty, and are of general interest to the Department of Physics, as well as Applied Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics.


Keith Baker (chair)
Alison Sweeney
Eduardo da Silva Neto
Walter Goldberger

The Beatrice Tinsley Prize Lecture is given each year by a distinguished physicist in honor of Beatrice Muriel Hill Tinsley, the first female professor of astronomy at Yale, where she worked from 1974 until her death in 1981. Her work on disk galaxies has proven foundational in the decades following her passing. In 2016, the Yale Society of Physics Students inaugurated the Beatrice Tinsley Prize Lecture, which saw the invitation of Asimina Arvanitaki. This prized was started to honor Tinsley’s myriad contributions and to encourage collaboration and contact between distinguished physicists and the Yale undergraduate physics community. The speaker is jointly invited and hosted by the Society of Physics StudentsWomen in Physics, and Undergraduate students from Astronomy.


Facilities and space of the Physics Department are critical to its mission in research, teaching, and outreach. They also play a crucial role in building community and fostering interactions within the department and beyond.  This committee will advise the department and its chair on the coordination and planning of space and issues related to the facilities of the department. The committee and its members may also be asked to assist as department liaisons to university planning efforts.  

Sean Barrett (chair)
Andrew Szymkowiak
Sidney Cahn
James Nikkel
Bonnie Fleming
Simon Mochrie
Stephen Irons
Nikhil Padmanabhan
Hannah Carroll
Eduardo da Silva Neto

Teaching assignments for the Physics Department are done by the Chair in consultation with the DUS and DGS.

Karsten Heeger (Chair, Physics Department)
Nikhil Padmanabhan (DUS) 
Bonnie Fleming (DGS)
Daphne Klemme (undergraduate registrar)
Stacey Watts (graduate registrar)


The Mission of the Climate and Diversity Committee is to support  the Department’s goals to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment for every member of our community.  We are  committed to creating a work place whose core principles are based on diversity, equity, and inclusion for every staff member, student and faculty as we strive to obtain our goals of excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring.

Faculty contacts


The vision of APS-IDEA is that, as a result of collective efforts, physics and related fields will become more inclusive of all social identities, with a diversity reflective of the nation, and with an equitable distribution of opportunities and resources.


Postdoctoral Associates

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students


The Graduate Student Advisory Committee serves as a point of communication between the graduate students and the administration of the department. The committee advises the Chair, the DGS, and other faculty on matters related to graduate students and the graduate program, including (but not limited to) helping plan and organize annually scheduled departmental events.The committee members also advocate on behalf of graduate students with the Chair and DGS. Committee members are appointed for one calendar year. The composition of the committee includes at least one representative from each cohort, with a primary goal of representing inclusive and diverse sets of interests. Committee members meet with the Chair and DGS once a month. The committee also meets internally once a month while regularly soliciting feedback from other students in their cohorts.

Bonnie Fleming (DGS, co-chair)
Karsten Heeger (Chair, co-chair)
Rona Ramos (Faculty)
Stacey Watts (Graduate Registrar)

Emily Kuhn (Year 5)
Joseph Shomar (Year 2)
Sohan Vartak (Year 5)
Samantha Pagan (Year 2)
Arina Telles (Year 2)
Caitie Beattie (Year 3)
Hannah Bossi (Year 3)
Iris Ponce (Year 1)
Aniket Maiti (Year 3)
Sumita Ghosh (Year 5)

The Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee (UGSAC) serves as a point of communication between undergraduate students interested in the physics major and the leadership of the department. The student representatives work with the Chair, the DUS, and the undergraduate program team on matters related to the physics major. Committee members meet at least once semester.

Karsten Heeger (Chair, co-chair)
Nikhil Padmanabhan (DUS, co-chair)
Daphne Klemme (undergraduate registrar)
Amber Young (YC’2021)
Shoumik Chowdhury (YC’2021, SPS representative)
Jean Wang (YC’2021)
Tristan Weaver (YC’2023)
Barkotel Zemenu (YC’2024)
Agastya Rana (YC’2024)
Wyatt Kremer (YC’2024)
Matthew Bruning (YC’2024)
Ayelet Kalfus (YC’2024, WiP representative)

Helen Caines (chair)

The Graduate Awards Committee solicits nominations and recommends candidates for University Fellowships and Prizes and the Physics Department Graduate Teaching Award.  Awards recognize academic, research and teaching achievements, as well as contributions to the department community and service.

In the academic year 2020-2021, the inaugural Graduate Awards Committee is charged to define the criteria, nomination process, timeline, and selection procedure for the graduate awards and make a recommendation to the chair and faculty by November 1, 2020.

The prize, fellowship, and nominations committee (PFNC) will regularly review the accomplishments of the Physics faculty and will work with the Chair to nominate candidates for fellowships, prizes, promotions, and other professional recognition. The committee will also identify outstanding alumni who qualify for university prizes and alumni awards including the Wilbur Cross Medal.


Leonid Glazman
Jack Harris
Steve Lamoreaux

The Mossman Fellowship is a prize postdoctoral fellowship in the Physics Department. The committee will coordinate the annual competition for the Mossman fellowship, identify suitable candidates, and make a recommendation to the Chair and the department.  


QuARK (Queer Affiliated fRiends of physiKs)  - TBD
Yale Physics Department Happy Hour - TBD
Yale Society of Physics Students - TBD
Yale Women in Physics + - TBD
Yale Women in Physics: Undergraduate - TBD