Student Organizations

The BioSoftMatter journal club is a new effort to bring researchers in computational and theoretical biological physics and soft condensed matter from across Yale together to talk research, literature, and everything in between. Our goal is to create dialogue between theorists and experimentalists interested in the strange and wonderful properties found in soft, biological, and active materials. If you think your research could benefit from a nice literature survey, if you want to meet more biological and soft matter physicists, or if you just want to hear more about this fascinating area of research, please join us!

Daniel Seara (daniel.seara@yale.edu)

The Graduate Student Assembly is an elected body of Yale students representing every department in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Assembly’s goals are to identify the needs and concerns of graduate students, consider possible solutions, and present these to the Dean and other administrators. We also discuss, propose, and advise on possible changes to Graduate School policy proposed by the administration in our biweekly meetings. All graduate students are welcome to sit in on these meetings and join the discussion! Please reach out to your physics department representatives if you have questions or concerns regarding the department, the Graduate School, or the university as a whole. Elections for new representatives are held every April.

Current representatives

Jeremy Gaison (jeremy.gaison@yale.edu)
Catherine Matulis (catherine.matulis@yale.edu)
Ryan Petersburg (ryan.petersburg@yale.edu)
Estella Barbosa de Souza (estella.desouza@yale.edu)

QuARK (Queer Affiliated fRiends of physiKs) is an organization focused on inclusion and support of members of the LGBTQ+ community in physics. Open to all queer-identifying members of the department (students/staff/faculty, etc.), we coordinate regular gatherings of a casual nature to discuss topical issues and foster community. Additionally, we organize occasional outreach events to interface with the department and broader Yale community.

Future plans are to start having biweekly Zoom meetings over the summer so that we can have a community while we deal with the pandemic, and once we return to campus we would like to invite speakers to give talks about both their work and being queer as a physicist. We also want to have ally mixers once a semester, where we invite anybody who wants to come to have a picnic or play board games, or something else like that. Finally, we are planning on having mixers among different departments. The first one might be a mixer with the History department’s queer group. 

Caitie Beattie Caitie.Beattie@yale.edu

Sumita Ghosh sumita.ghosh@yale.edu

Faculty Advisor

Jack Harris (jack.harris@yale.edu)

Once a month, usually on a Friday afternoon, the physics department holds a departmental happy hour.  The happy hour is a chance for physics graduate students, faculty and staff to socialize and build relationships in a relaxed environment.  The department provides free food, including pizza and snacks, as well as a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.  The event is usually held inside Sloane Physics Laboratory or, weather permitting, in the courtyard outside Sloane.

Committee

Trevor Wright (trevor.wright@yale.edu)
Caitie Beattie (caitie.beattie@yale.edu)
Hannah Bossi (hannah.bossi@yale.edu)

Faculty Advisor

Nicholas Read (nicholas.read@yale.edu)

The Yale Physics Professional Development Organization (YPPDO) is a graduate student-led organization that provides professional development resources to physical science PhD students and postdocs. In particular, the YPPDO focuses on exposing PhD students and postdocs to non-academic career opportunities and providing them with opportunities to develop the skills required to make the transition to these fields.  We accomplish that by inviting physics PhDs, especially Yale Physics alumni, to speak about their career trajectories into other industries and by hosting skill-building workshops. Finally, the YPPDO collaborates with several organizations on campus to optimize the resources available to our student and postdocs populations. 

2019-2020 board

Estella Barbosa de Souza (Estella.desouza@yale.edu)
Mary Lou Bailey (marylou.bailey@yale.edu)
Emma Castiglia (emma.castiglia@yale.edu)

The Society of Physics Students at Yale is a registered undergraduate organization dedicated to serving the physics community. Yale SPS hosts weekly study sessions (lovingly dubbed “pizza and pset night”) as well as biweekly dinners with students and physics faculty. We also organize bi-annual prize lectures where distinguished physicists are invited to speak and spend the day with undergraduate students. Additionally, the Society of Physics Students serves as a platform for mentorship and community-building – we host social events, and maintain a variety of resources and student-oriented help guides on our website. Yale SPS works very closely with the Physics Department, the Student Advisory Committee for Physics, and the department-elected peer mentors.

Finally, Yale SPS is a chapter of the national Society of Physics Students, as well as a member organization of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) since 1998. We thus provide students access to AIP memberships and associated benefits, such as journal/magazine access and information about scholarships.

Current officers

Shoumik Chowdhury (Shoumik.chowdhury@yale.edu)
Laura Zhou (laura.zhou@yale.edu)

Board Members

Shantanu Jha (shantanu.jha@yale.edu)
Helena Lyng-Olsen (helena.lyng-olsen@yale.edu)
Clare Staib-Kaufman (clare.staib-kaufman@yale.edu)
George Iskander (george.iskander@yale.edu)

Faculty Advisor

Reina Maruyama (reina.maruyama@yale.edu)

Yale Graduate Women in Physics+ is focused on fostering a supportive environment for underrepresented genders in the Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy departments. We coordinate mentoring and social events for graduate students, post-docs, research scientists, and faculty. The group and many events are open to all allies in the department, from whom we welcome support for our initiatives.

Committee

Chair - Emma Castiglia (emma.castiglia@yale.edu)
Events Chair - Hannah Bossi (hanna.bossi@yale.edu)
Social Chair - Rachel Cooper (
rachel.a.cooper@yale.edu)
Advocacy Chairs - Samantha Pagan (samantha.pagan@yale.eduand Ava Polzin, astronomy department member (ava.polzin@yale.edu)

Faculty Advisor

Simon Mochrie (simon.mochrie@yale.edu)

We are an undergraduate student organization that undertakes a number of initiatives to support women and gender minorities in STEM, especially in the physical sciences. We serve the Yale community by hosting lunches, talks, mentoring programs, and social events. All are welcome to join us for our Tuesday night study halls! (Location TBA).

Yale is a host site for the 2020 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), which will take place on January 17th-19th, 2020. If you are interested in getting involved with organizing the conference, let our co-presidents know! If you want to learn more about us, check out the rest of our website, our CUWiP website, or our Facebook page!

2019-2020 board:

Co-President India Bhalla-Ladd (india.bhalla-ladd@yale.edu)
Co-President Isabel Sands (i.sands@yale.edu)
Outreach Chair Sami Alves  (sami.alves@yale.edu)
Projects Chair Claire Laffan (claire.laffan@yale.edu)
Treasurer Helena Lyng-Olsen (helena.lyng-olsen@yale.edu)
Secretary General Erin Lippitt (erin.lippitt@yale.edu)
Graduate Liaison Sumita Ghosh (Sumita.ghosh@yale.edu)
Graduate Liaison Emily Kuhn (emily.kuhn@yale.edu)

Faculty Advisor

Sarah Demers (sarah.demers@yale.edu)