About

Who We Are

The Society of Physics Students at UVa is a group dedicated to the academic and personal enrichment of the physics majors at the University of Virginia. We have three focuses: social inclusion within our chapter, providing access to research and academic resources, and representing the voice of undergraduates in the UVA physics department.


Faculty Advisor

Professor Craig Group

Email: rcg6p@virginia.edu

Professor Group is the current faculty advisor for our chapter, and is a constant source of sage wisdom. He currently works on developing and fabricating the Cosmic Ray Veto system for the upcoming Mu2e experiment at Fermilab, and takes multiple undergraduate research assistants every summer.

Executive Board

2018 - 2019

Pedrom Zadeh

President

Email: pz8bx@virginia.edu

Pedrom, a 4th year physics major, is the current president of our Society of Physics chapter. He served as the Outreach Manager during the 2016 - 2017 academic year, during which he helped to pioneer an outreach program with the Clark Elementary School CLASS Program in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Outside of his classes, Pedrom enjoys playing both real and virtual soccer (FIFA).


Kristen Schumacher

Vice President

Email: kes3fp@virginia.edu

Kristen, a 4th year physics major, is the current vice president of the Society of Physics Students.

Outside of school, Kristen enjoys singing.


Margaret Doyle

Treasurer

Email: mdd2sy@virginia.edu

Margaret, a 4th year physics major, is the current treasurer of the Society of Physics Students.

Outside of SPS, Margaret enjoys getting in tune with her spirit, Entomology, and running.


Morgan Waddy

Secretary

Email: mdw4ux@virginia.edu

Morgan Waddy, a 2nd year physics major, is the current Secretary for the Society of Physics Students. She writes dope emails to keep up the spirits of our downtrodden collective.

Outside of SPS, Morgan enjoys making and selling homemade slime, volunteering at the McCormick Observatory, and generally being awesome.


Cole Miles

Web Master

Email: cm3uc@virginia.edu

Cole Miles, a 4th year physics major, is this chapter’s Web Master. He helped in the creation of this site and currently works to maintain it.

Outside of SPS, Cole enjoys playing video games, going to the gym, and learning about machine learning.


Jillian Ticatch

Outreach Manager

Email: jtt5ya@virginia.edu

Hi! My name is Jillian and I am on the Outreach Committee. I’m from Houston, I love to sail, and my favorite song is Africa by Toto.

Jillian Ticatch, a 2nd year physics major, is this chapter’s Outreach Manager. In the past, she has pioneered a student-run outreach program with Clark Elementary School’s CLASS Program in Charlottesville, VA. Jillian has created guides for outreach activities that anyone can follow to ease the creation of outreach programs elsewhere. Jillian works with 3 other Outreach Volunteers to staff outreach events held by SPS and the UVA physics department.

Outside of school, Jillian enjoys sailing, reading plays, and drinking tea out of large, blue containers.


Shelby Laychak

Outreach Volunteer

Email: ssl6np@virginia.edu

Shelby Laychak, a 3rd year statistics and astronomy major, joins SPS’s Outreach Commitee as a Volunteer. She assists Jillian in organizing outreach events for SPS and volunteers to staff them.

Outside of SPS, Shelby enjoys looking at memes and listening to girly music.


Raymundo Mora

Outreach Volunteer

Email: rm3xw@virginia.edu

Ray Mora, a 2nd year physics major, is a part of the SPS Outreach Commitee, taking the role of Volunteer. He assists Jillian in organizing outreach events for SPS and volunteers to staff them.

Outside of SPS, Ray enjoys doing homework and eating food.


Levi Schult

Outreach Volunteer

Email: lss8ak@virginia.edu

Levi Schult, a 2nd year astrophysics major, joins SPS’s Outreach Commitee for his 2nd year. Levi assists Jillian in organizing outreach events for SPS and volunteers to staff them.

Outside of SPS, Levi enjoys watching movies and TV shows (including all Star Wars and Marvel movies), harvesting the highest quality memes from the internet, and saying “MY MAN!!!!” to as many professional astronomers as he can get his hands on.


Jesse Han

Sigma Pi Sigma President

Email: jh4vn@virginia.edu

Jesse Han, a current 3rd year physics and math major, is the President of our Sigma Pi Sigma chapter. He was previously an Outreach Subchair during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. While occupying this position he helped Pedrom Zadeh coordinate outreach events. As President of Sigma Pi Sigma, he works to ensure the continued success of our yearly Sigma Pi Sigma Research Symposium and Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony. Jesse intends to convert Sigma Pi Sigma into a more socially oriented organization during the 2018 - 2019 academic year.

Outside of school, Jesse enjoys working out religiously, rock climbing, swing dancing, and drinking lots of coffee. He can be seen on his moped driving to lunch at the local Thai restuarant and giving late-night rides to Cookout from the astronomy building.


Robin Leichtnam

Sigma Pi Sigma Vice President

Email: rl4aw@virginia.edu

Robin Leichtnam, a current 4th year astrophysics major, is the Vice President of our Sigma Pi Sigma chapter. He is responsible for organizing the Sigma Pi Sigma annual Research Symposium and Induction.

Outside of school, Robin enjoys collecting Yu-Gi-Oh cards, and sleeping in the astronomy building.


Steven Stetzler

President

Homepage: http://stevenstetzler.com

Email: steven.stetzler@gmail.com

Steven Stetzler, a graduated physics and computer science major, was the president of our chapter during the 2017 - 2018 academic year and the treasurer during the 2016 - 2017 academic year. As president, he worked with Gage DeZoort to create PHYS 1910, a student-run course designed to help 1st year students find research opportunities.

Steven is currently attending the University of Washington to pursue an Astronomy PhD. You can keep up to date with him by visiting his personal website.

Outside of school, Steven enjoys listening to music, watching movies with friends, playing tennis, and tackling new technical challenges (like building websites).


Andrew Coffee

Vice President

Email: ac7gd@virginia.edu

Andrew Coffee (AKA SPS’s resident Mad Man), a graduated physics and electrical engineering major, was the vice president of our chapter during the 2017 - 2018 academic year and the secretary during the 2016 - 2017 academic year. He left a legacy of sending the most bizaare yet enjoyable emails to ever grace the phys-students listserv. He will be dearly missed by all.

Outside of SPS, Andrew enjoys headbutting others, pinching people with tongs, and growing facial hair.


Victoria Kovalchuk

Treasurer

Email: vvk3da@virginia.edu

Victoria Kovalchuk, a graduated physics and math major, was the treasurer for SPS during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. She worked to fund our 2018 trip to the American Physical Society April Meeting, and kept pizza free for another year.

Currently, Victoria is pursuing a physics PhD at Boston University, where she will study condensed matter physics.

Outside of school, Victoria enjoys reading fantasy books, petting any dogs or cats she can find, and advocating for polical change and environmental protection.


Matthew Walker

Secretary / Webmaster

Homepage: http://mathwalker.com

Email: mrw3te@virginia.edu

I graduated from UVA and was a part of SPS during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. I designed and managed the website for SPS, and I occasionally wrote emails.

My research interests are in condensed matter theory, and I really enjoy studying group theory and topology in my free time.

Outside of academia I enjoy cycling, running, and swimming. I also sometimes like to play drums in my basement.


Pedrom Zadeh

Outreach Chair

Email: pz8bx@virginia.edu

Pedrom, a 4th year physics major, is the current president of our Society of Physics chapter. He served as the Outreach Manager during the 2016 - 2017 academic year, during which he helped to pioneer an outreach program with the Clark Elementary School CLASS Program in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Outside of his classes, Pedrom enjoys playing both real and virtual soccer (FIFA).


Brian Seymour

Outreach Subchair

Homepage: http:/briancseymour.com

Email: bcs8dn@virginia.edu

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Brian Seymour, a current 4th year physics major, was an Outreach Subchair for the Society of Physics Students during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. He worked with Pedrom Zadeh to organize outreach events and volunteered with our Clark Elementary outreach program.

Outside of school, Brian enjoys swimming and running, playing FIFA, and playing Avalon.


Jesse Han

Outreach Subchair

Email: jh4vn@virginia.edu

Jesse Han, a current 3rd year physics and math major, is the President of our Sigma Pi Sigma chapter. He was previously an Outreach Subchair during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. While occupying this position he helped Pedrom Zadeh coordinate outreach events. As President of Sigma Pi Sigma, he works to ensure the continued success of our yearly Sigma Pi Sigma Research Symposium and Sigma Pi Sigma induction ceremony. Jesse intends to convert Sigma Pi Sigma into a more socially oriented organization during the 2018 - 2019 academic year.

Outside of school, Jesse enjoys working out religiously, rock climbing, swing dancing, and drinking lots of coffee. He can be seen on his moped driving to lunch at the local Thai restuarant and giving late-night rides to Cookout from the astronomy building.


Jillian Ticatch

Outreach Subchair

Email: jtt5ya@virginia.edu

Hi! My name is Jillian and I am on the Outreach Committee. I’m from Houston, I love to sail, and my favorite song is Africa by Toto.

Jillian Ticatch, a 2nd year physics major, is this chapter’s Outreach Manager. In the past, she has pioneered a student-run outreach program with Clark Elementary School’s CLASS Program in Charlottesville, VA. Jillian has created guides for outreach activities that anyone can follow to ease the creation of outreach programs elsewhere. Jillian works with 3 other Outreach Volunteers to staff outreach events held by SPS and the UVA physics department.

Outside of school, Jillian enjoys sailing, reading plays, and drinking tea out of large, blue containers.


Michael Worcester

4th Year Class Rep

Email: mw9va@virginia.edu

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Michael Worcestor, a graduated physics major, was a Class Representative for the Society of Physics Students during the 2017 - 2018 year. In this role, he worked to support our physics majors by organizing social events for them.

Outside of class, Michael enjoys making music, making food, and both watching and playing basketball.


Gage DeZoort

Sigma Pi Sigma President

Email: jgd5ur@virginia.edu

Gage DeZoort, a graduated physics and engineering science major, was the President of Sigma Pi Sigma during the 2017 - 2018 year, the President of the Society of Physics Students during the 2016 - 2017 year, and the Secretary of the Society of Physics Students during the 2015 - 2016 year. He is known for Making SPS Great Again (MSGA - sold on hats by order only). During the 2017 - 2018 year, he worked with Steven Stetzler to create and run PHYS 1910, a student-run course meant to introduce first year students to physics research.

Gage is currently pursuing a physics PhD at Princeton University, where he is studying High Energy Physics.

Outside of school, Gage enjoys being playing guitar, listening to metal music, and reading books in coffee shops.


Bridget Andersen

Sigma Pi Sigma Vice President

Homepage: http://bridgetandersen.com/

Email: bridget.andersen@mail.mcgill.ca

Bridget Andersen, a graduated astrophysics and computer science major, was the Vice President of our Sigma Pi Sigma chapter during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. She helped organize the Sigma Pi Sigma annual Research Symposium and annual Induction.

Bridget is currently pursuing a physics PhD at McGill university, where she will work to detect a large number of Fast Radio Bursts with the currently under construction radio telescope CHIME.

Outside of school, Bridget enjoys volunteering at astronomy related events, reading books, playing guitar, and traveling.


Gage DeZoort

President

Email: jgd5ur@virginia.edu

Gage DeZoort, a graduated physics and engineering science major, was the President of Sigma Pi Sigma during the 2017 - 2018 year, the President of the Society of Physics Students during the 2016 - 2017 year, and the Secretary of the Society of Physics Students during the 2015 - 2016 year. He is known for Making SPS Great Again (MSGA - sold on hats by order only). During the 2017 - 2018 year, he worked with Steven Stetzler to create and run PHYS 1910, a student-run course meant to introduce first year students to physics research.

Gage is currently pursuing a physics PhD at Princeton University, where he is studying High Energy Physics.

Outside of school, Gage enjoys being playing guitar, listening to metal music, and reading books in coffee shops.


Tanner Rase

Vice President

Email: tnr3ym@virginia.edu

Tanner Rase, a graduated physics and math major, was the Vice President of the Society of Physics Students during the 2016 - 2017 academic year.


Steven Stetzler

Treasurer

Homepage: http://stevenstetzler.com

Email: steven.stetzler@gmail.com

Steven Stetzler, a graduated physics and computer science major, was the president of our chapter during the 2017 - 2018 academic year and the treasurer during the 2016 - 2017 academic year. As president, he worked with Gage DeZoort to create PHYS 1910, a student-run course designed to help 1st year students find research opportunities.

Steven is currently attending the University of Washington to pursue an Astronomy PhD. You can keep up to date with him by visiting his personal website.

Outside of school, Steven enjoys listening to music, watching movies with friends, playing tennis, and tackling new technical challenges (like building websites).


Andrew Coffee

Secretary

Email: ac7gd@virginia.edu

Andrew Coffee (AKA SPS’s resident Mad Man), a graduated physics and electrical engineering major, was the vice president of our chapter during the 2017 - 2018 academic year and the secretary during the 2016 - 2017 academic year. He left a legacy of sending the most bizaare yet enjoyable emails to ever grace the phys-students listserv. He will be dearly missed by all.

Outside of SPS, Andrew enjoys headbutting others, pinching people with tongs, and growing facial hair.


Emily Cubbage

President


Yash Shevde

Vice President


Andrew Hrusth

Treasurer

Email: ajh9vw@virginia.edu

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Andrew Hrusth was the treasurer of the Society of Physics Students during the 2015 - 2016 academic year. He is known for having kept SPS from bankruptcy during those times.

Outside of school, Andrew enjoys eating bagels and playing video games.


Gage DeZoort

Secretary

Email: jgd5ur@virginia.edu

Gage DeZoort, a graduated physics and engineering science major, was the President of Sigma Pi Sigma during the 2017 - 2018 year, the President of the Society of Physics Students during the 2016 - 2017 year, and the Secretary of the Society of Physics Students during the 2015 - 2016 year. He is known for Making SPS Great Again (MSGA - sold on hats by order only). During the 2017 - 2018 year, he worked with Steven Stetzler to create and run PHYS 1910, a student-run course meant to introduce first year students to physics research.

Gage is currently pursuing a physics PhD at Princeton University, where he is studying High Energy Physics.

Outside of school, Gage enjoys being playing guitar, listening to metal music, and reading books in coffee shops.


Mita Tembe

President


Janet Rafner

Treasurer / Secretary


Helen Rodgers

President


Michael Viray

Vice President


Alyssa Henderson

Treasurer


Mita Tembe

Secretary