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Student Activities

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Our undergraduate and graduate students have numerous opportunities to connect with each other and participate in clubs, organizations, and activities at Clark and beyond.

Conferences

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An undergraduate physics student presents at the annual American Physical Society March Meeting.
  • American Physical Society: Students attend this annual meeting of physicists and scientists to explore groundbreaking research from industry, academia, and major labs. The 2020 meeting is March 2-6 in Denver.
  • Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP): Women students participate in this annual three-day regional conference at a university in the Northeast. The 2020 conference is at Yale University Jan. 17-19.
  • Sigma Pi Sigma (SPS) Physics Congress: The 2019 event is Nov. 14-16 in Providence, R.I.

Student Research Events on Campus

  • Academic Spree Day and Fall Fest: Annual events, one each semester, where undergraduate students from across campus present their research.
  • Graduate Multidisciplinary Research Conference: Annual event for graduate students from across campus who present their research.

Student Clubs and Outreach

  • Cambridge Science Festival: Each year, Clark physics students — most of them members of the Society of Physics Students — travel to MIT and set up a table with fun experiments to teach children about physics.
  • Girls Inc. Summer Eureka Program: Girls Inc. of Worcester, Mass., has established a local Eureka program focusing on involving middle-school girls in hands-on STEM-focused activities. As part of the program, the students visit Clark University for class and laboratory experiences. Professor Michael Boyer has been involved with the program since 2013. He has designed a series of activities to engage the students in hands-on exploration of topics related to magnetism, optics, light, and waves. Graduate students and undergraduate students participate in this outreach program with Professor Boyer.
  • Graduate Students: This year’s graduate student representative is Raju Ghimire.
  • Latino STEM Alliance: Students participate in this organization’s Annual Robotics Competition and Family Science Festival.
  • Society of Physics Students: This student-run club hosts activities and events; open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Sheila Ford is the main contact.
  • SPLASH Program: An educational outreach program sponsored by Clark’s Educational Studies Program, SPLASH is a student-run and mainly student-taught set of classes aimed at local middle and high school students. As part of this program, Professor Michael Boyer teaches a class on scanning tunneling microscopy.

Physics Department Social Events

  • Cookie Minutes every Wednesday at 3 p.m.
  • Cookies and Coffee at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Physics Common Room as part of the weekly Colloquium Series in Sackler S-122 at noon.
  • Summer Picnic at Hopkinton State Park