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Department of Physics

The Department of Physics offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in physics, including degrees with teacher certification, as well as Master’s of Science degrees in physics and in materials physics. An innovative, multidisciplinary PhD in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization (MSEC) is also available to students who continue beyond a Master's degree. Faculty in the department pursue a variety of exciting research interests with focus areas including materials physics, physics education research, and astronomy. The department also makes a strong effort to engage all students, both undergraduate and graduate, in supporting both the teaching and research missions of the department by offering multiple opportunities to contribute to our department as laboratory instructors, learning assistants, or student workers. For more information on particular aspects of the department, please explore our site and feel free to contact us with your questions.

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Astronomy Club - Weekly Meeting

until March 22
Location:
Roy F Mitte (RFM); 3223
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Blagoy Rangelov
Campus Sponsor:
Physics

Do you walk outside at night and gaze up at the stars and wonder? Join like-minded star-gazers and galaxy-exploring enthusiasts.

https://www.facebook.com/astrotxst/


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Python Club - Weekly Meeting

until March 22
Location:
Roy F Mitte (RFM); 3223
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Cody Blakeney
Campus Sponsor:
Physics

Meet other students who are interested in the Python computing language, especially as it applies to physics. Get together, solve puzzles in Python, and add a great skill to your resume!

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Observatory - Weekly Public Observing

until March 22
Location:
Supple Science Building (SUPP); Roof
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Aparajita Sengupta
Campus Sponsor:
Physics

Observations of celestial objects, astrophotography, learning about telescopes and more...

https://www.facebook.com/astrotxst/


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Society of Physics Students - Weekly Meeting

until March 23
Location:
Roy F Mitte (RFM); 3223
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Colin Donnelly
Campus Sponsor:
Physics


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Univ of Wash REU - deadline

Physics Scholarships - deadline

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Wim Geerts, 5122451821
Campus Sponsor:
Physics

http://www.txstate.edu/physics/students/undergraduates/Undergraduate-Scholarships-and-Awards.html


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URAP Summer Internship - deadline

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Wim Geerts, 512-245-1821
Campus Sponsor:
Physics

Paid Summer URAP-Project for Junior or Senior undergraduate student interested in Materials Physics: Scanning Probe Microscopy on NiFe-oxide thin films 

What and When: We are looking an undergraduate student that is interested in materials physics for a paid research project during the summer of 2017 (June 4 through August 20). A good candidate would be an undergraduate junior or senior that is interested in materials physics and interested in experimental physics. 

Project Description: You will be involved in characterization of Fe doped NiO thin films and devices by scanning probe microscopy. The films and devices are made by RF magnetron sputtering in the clean room. The objective is to use conductive AFM and determine the distribution of the conductivity in our thin films and RRAM devices. The student will be trained on an AFM that we obtained via a Department of Army instrumentation grant (68889-NT). Measurements will be done on as sputtered films and on switched devices from which the top electrode is removed by focused ion beam etching. In addition, you will do magnetic force microscopy measurements on the same samples. Preliminary magnetic measurements suggest that our samples sputtered at low oxygen concentration have a magnetic moment possibly originating from the metallic filaments. If indeed the filaments have a magnetic moment, it will provide us with a method to detect the filaments under a metallic electrode and allow for switching studies without removing the top electrode. This could have a large impact on the field. 

To apply for the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program (URAP): http://www.usaeop.com/ (select URAP link under Apprenticeships, Select the link OPEN near the middle of the page, push the Apply button, in the application please select the following project at Texas State: Optical and Electrical Characterization of NiFe-oxide Thin Films research (BTSU40)). 

For more information see accompanying HSAP flyer and or contact: Dr. Ir. Wilhelmus J. Geerts wjgeerts@txstate.edu, office: 512-245-1821, cell: 512-905-1132. 


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Craddock Scholarship - deadline

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
Heather Galloway, 5122452266
Campus Sponsor:
Honors College
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Physics Teacher Network Meeting

Location:
Off Campus; John Jay High School, San Antonio, TX, Room A221
Cost:
free
Contact:
Hunter Close, 5122458103
Campus Sponsor:
Physics

Dear HS Physics Colleagues:

You are warmly invited to our next PhysTEC High School Physics Teacher Network Meeting (TNM) for the 2016-17 school year on Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at John Jay High School (Room A221) in San Antonio, TX (see attached flyer).  We had our biggest turn out ever at our meeting last month and our excited for our next TNM, which will be our 11th meeting in our second year here in Central Texas.  We've had over 30 educators participate in one or more events from more than a dozen school districts! PhysTEC is an organization of over 300 institutions, including Texas State University that is sponsoring this TNM, dedicated to improving and promoting physics teacher education (visit www.phystec.org for more info).  The TNM event has no cost for participants! 

The tentative agenda for our next meeting includes:

  • Slow Motion Videos website with measurement and applications 
  • Physics Footnote GIF Gallery
  • TIPER Resources:  Focus on Working Backwards Tasks (WBT)
  • PhysPort website material:  Focus on Periscope
  • What you've always wanted to ask about physics/physics teaching but were afraid to
  • Central Texas's Got Talent:  Assignment "Roast"

We are always looking for teacher presenters who want to share amazing teaching tips, physics teaching hacks, innovative ideas they've used in their classrooms, lessons, resources, etc. for 10 – 30 minutes in the program.   You can present to the whole group or direct us in small group discussions.  We are very flexible as to the format.  You will have a projector available if needed.

At TNMs you will be able to:  

··discover fascinating, useful, engaging, and affordable physics demonstrations, labs, activities, warmups, technology, and ideas for your physics classroom;  

··network with other secondary school physics teachers in the area and physics professors at Texas State University and form part of our professional learning community;  

··encourage participating STEM university students to take a shot at teaching HS Physics;

··share your own ideas, labs, demonstrations, teaching strategies, lesson plans, etc. that you have found effective;

··earn a $50 stipend for participating and two hours of CEUs (Continuing Education Units);  

··enjoy a succulent dinner with vegetarian options! 

For more information or questions, or to be a presenter at our next event, please contact me by any of the means below.   Please RSVP to the event as well so we can plan for dinner! 

Thanks!  We hope you can join us to shed some light on dark matters!

Sincerely,

Russell Krummell 

PhysTEC Teacher-in-Residence

Texas State University

Mob. (512) 363-0334Russell.krummell@smcisd.net


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Society of Physics Students Scholarships - deadline

Location:
Online Only
Cost:
N/A
Contact:
David Donnelly, 5122459128
Campus Sponsor:
Physics

https://www.spsnational.org/awards/scholarships

SPS Scholarships APPLY TODAY!

Applications for the 2017 SPS Scholarships are now open! Applicants can receive $2,000- $5,000 based on their academic achievement, SPS involvement, and future career goals. SPS students from two year colleges are encouraged to apply for the Peggy Dixon and Mary Beth Monroe scholarships. As well, female SPS students are eligible to apply for the AWIS Kristen R. Lorentzen and Aysen Tunca Memorial scholarships. For specific eligibility requirements, be sure to check the SPS scholarship page.

Applications are due by March 15. Interested students should apply through the online application system only.

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