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2005 Zone 3 Spring Meeting

By Romulo Ochoa, TCNJ SPS Advisor


The Society of Physics Zone 3 Spring Meeting organized by the local chapters of The College of New Jersey and Drew University, and hosted by The College of New Jersey, was a complete success. There were 87 participants from the following institutions: Drew University, East Stroudsburg University, Georgian Court University, Lehigh University, Lycoming College, New York University, Rider University, Rutgers University at Camden, Seton Hall University, The College of New Jersey, and the University of Delaware. There were 67 students, 9 faculty, 6 guest speakers/panelists, the Dean of the School of Science of TCNJ and four other guests.


There was a great level of excitement during the whole event. Registration and breakfast started before 8:30 a.m. At 9:30 a.m. Dr. Jack Hughes from Rutgers University was the keynote speaker. He was followed by Dr. Gary White, SPS Director and subsequently two students (one from TCNJ and the other from Drew) rounded up the morning session.

Lunch followed during which representatives from each institution described the activities of their local chapters. Tours of the optics lab and observatories at TCNJ were guided by TCNJ majors while two planetarium shows were given in parallel. A poster session also ran at the same time. About 50 participants signed up for both type of activities.


A panel composed by graduates from TCNJ and Drew gave a wonderful overview of job possibilities and graduate school for physics majors. The panel was moderated by Dr. Fenstermacher (Drew U.) and included Dr. Paul McCracken (Biomedical Engineering from the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine) now at Merck Research Labs (West Point, PA), Dr. Dave Pustai (Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Delaware) now at Lockheed Martin (King of Prussia, PA), Dr. Amy Perkins (Physics from Brown University) now at Phillips Medical (Philadelphia, PA), and Mr. Rob Klueg (Masters of Science from University of Miami, Ohio) now at Galaxy Scientific (Absecon, NJ). The last time slot of the day was reserved for two parallel sessions of student presenters.


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