Yale Society of Physics Students (SPS)


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

Co-Presidents: Shoumik Chowdhury (Shoumik.chowdhury@yale.edu) and Laura Zhou (laura.zhou@yale.edu)
Treasurer: Olivia Aspegren (olivia.aspegren@yale.edu)
Secretary: Zixin (Jessie) Chen (zixin.chen@yale.edu)
Outreach Chairs: Dawson Thomas (dawson.thomas@yale.edu) and Giovanna Truong (giovanna.truong@yale.edu)
Media Developers: Amanda Butler (amanda.butler@yale.edu) and Vuong Mai (vuong.mai@yale.edu)
Lecture Chair: Yiming Zhang (yiming.zhang@yale.edu)
Liason to National SPS: Shantanu Jha (shantanu.jha@yale.edu, Fall term only) and David Saunders (d.saunders@yale.edu)

Faculty Advisor

Nikhil Padmanabhan (nikhil.padmanabhan@yale.edu)