Who We Are

Who We Are

The Yale Society of Physics Students is a nationally registered chapter of the Society of Physics Students. We host weekly study sessions (with pizza), biweekly dinners with professors in the physics department, fun study breaks, movie nights, and other events. We also hold two prestigious senior lecture series every year, first held in 2018: the Howard L. Schultz Senior Prize Lecture in the spring, and the Beatrice Tinsley Senior Prize Lecture every fall. Anybody is free to join the Yale SPS. Check out the "Join!" tab for more information.

Officers for 2020-2021

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2021 Semester)


Amanda Butler (JE 2022) Amanda is a senior double majoring in Physics and Astronomy. She’s really excited to be one of this year's Co-Presidents, and can't wait to see everyone in SPS, new and old, throughout the year. Amanda performs computational cosmology research on galaxy clusters with the Nagai Lab and is generally interested in computational techniques such as machine learning. During the few moments when she’s not doing p-sets, you can find Amanda napping, UberEatsing, or applying TikTok's "autumn filter" to everything in New Haven possible.


Dawson Thomas (ES 2023) Dawson is a junior in Ezra Stiles College (Go Moose!) majoring in mathematics and physics. He is originally from the Atlanta area but is very happy to be experiencing the physics scene back on campus. Dawson’s research experience includes experimental particle physics and diffusion geometry. In his spare time, he enjoys playing piano, being outdoors, and reading. He is very excited to serve as SPS co-president with Amanda this semester!

Board Members


Lumisa (she/her) is a sophomore pursuing a major in astrophysics. She is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, but currently resides in Williamsport, Maryland. In addition to astrophysics-y things (SPS, WiP, research w/ exoplanets!), she is involved in the work of the Endowment Justice Coalition. You can likely find her at the observatory (or anywhere, everywhere) accidentally asleep, mid-p.set.

Agastya is a sophomore in Davenport intending to major in Physics. He is broadly interested in the application of physics and computational techniques to biology, and is currently working at the Emonet Lab. When he's not grinding away at psets, you can probably find him napping, eating chocolate, swimming or playing basketball.


Annie is a sophomore in Silliman intending to major in Electrical Engineering and/or Economics. She is from Toronto, Canada and would love to talk with you about tech or finance industries in general. When she is not doing her engineering psets, you can find her in Bass doing her econ psets.


David Saunders (HC 2023) is a junior from Toronto, Ontario majoring in Astrophysics and Film & Media Studies. David is a Hopper College Aide and a part of Yale Cinematic Productions. In his free time, he loves writing, watching movies, stargazing, and playing basketball with his friends!


Richard Li (MY 2022) is a senior in Pauli Murray College majoring in Physics. He took one gap semester (in the Spring of 2021). He is interested in learning about quantum information science broadly. In his free time, he loves to play and watch soccer, watch cooking videos on Youtube, learn to play the guitar, and listen to all types of music!


Barkotel is a sophomore in Hopper majoring in Physics. A particle physics enthusiast, he is currently doing neutrino-focused research at Wright Lab. If you're taking PHYS 180 this semester, he will be one of your peer tutors. If you're a member of Yale SPS, he will be serving as one of your excited Outreach Co-chairs! Outside of classwork, you can find Barkotel playing ping pong in the Hopper buttery, exploring New Haven's beautiful corners, or waving to you unreservedly because he likes meeting new people!


Maddie is a sophomore in Jonathan Edwards, majoring in Physics and East Asian Studies. When Maddie isn't working on (more like crying over) her psets, she enjoys running (when she isn't running into things), baking (to maintain her sweet personality), reading (to imagine a little), talking a little bit too fast, and apparently excessively using parentheses. Disclaimer: Although Maddie is usually very energetic and enthusiastic, she promises that she does not consume coffee or energy drinks...yet.


Wyatt Kremer (TC 2024) Wyatt is a sophomore prospective Physics major in Trumbull. He is super excited to be joining the SPS board as a Co-Outreach Chair and to develop programs to inspire students in the local community. In collaboration with the Media Chairs, he hopes to create an introductory mechanics video series and expand the impact of our chapter. His research interests are in AMO and quantum many-body systems. With a love for Middle Egyptian hieroglyphics and the philosophy of perception, he loves to be immersed in mysteries of the natural world and discovery.

 

Officers for 2020-2021

Co-Presidents:

Shoumik Chowdhury (SY 2021) Laura Zhou (BF 2022)

Board Members

Shantanu Jha (SY 2021) Amanda Butler (JE 2022) David Saunders (GH 2023) Dawson Thomas (ES 2023) Yiming Zhang (BF 2022) Jessie Chen (DP 2023) Giovanna Truong (MY 2023) Olivia Aspegren (BF 2023) Vuong Mai (ME 2021)

Officers for 2019-2020

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2020 Semester)

Shoumik Chowdhury (SY 2021) Laura Zhou (BF 2022)

Board Members

Shantanu Jha (SY 2021) Helena Lyng-Olsen (PC 2022) Clare Staib-Kaufman (SY 2021) George Iskander (GH 2020)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2019 Semester)

George Iskander (GH 2020) Shoumik Chowdhury (SY 2021)

Officers for 2018-2019

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2019 Semester)

George Iskander (GH 2020)
Shoumik Chowdhury (SY 2021)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2018 Semester)

Sophia Sanchez-Maes (SM 2019)
Cady van Assendelft (SM 2019)

Newsletter: Chunny Ding (SC 2019)
Facebook Page: George Iskander (HC 2020)

Officers for 2017-2018

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2017 Semester)

Aaron Hillman (BK 2018)
Sophia Sanchez-Maes (SM 2019)
Cady van Assendelft (SM 2019)

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2018 Semester)

Sophia Sanchez-Maes (SM 2019)
Cady van Assendelft (SM 2019)

Newsletter: Chunny Ding (SC 2019)
Facebook Page: George Iskander (HC 2020)

Officers for 2016-2017

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2017 Semester)

Aaron Hillman (BK 2018)
Sophia Sanchez-Maes (SM 2019)
Cady van Assendelft (SM 2019)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2016 Semester)

Benjamin Krakoff (SY 2017)
Jedidiah Thompson (BK 2017)

Officers for 2015-2016

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2016 Semester)

Benjamin Krakoff (SY 2017)
Jedidiah Thompson (BK 2017)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2015 Semester)

Manjari Randeria (SY 2016)
Mina Himwich (BR 2016)
Mariona Badenas (BR 2016)

Officers for 2014-2015

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2015 Semester)

Manjari Randeria (SY 2016)
Mina Himwich (BR 2016)
Mariona Badenas (BR 2016)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2014 Semester)

Robert James Pecoraro (JE 2015)
Catherine Harmer (JE 2015)

Officers for 2013-2014

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2014 Semester)

Robert James Pecoraro (JE 2015)
Catherine Harmer (JE 2015)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2013Semester)

Steven Zwick (PC 2014)
Po-Yi Ho (BR 2014)

Officers for 2012-2013

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2013 Semester)

Steven Zwick (PC 2014)
Po-Yi Ho (BR 2014)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2012 Semester)

Rachel Kurchin (PC 2013)
Jenna Freudenburg (BC 2013)

Officers for 2011-2012

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2012 Semester)

Rachel Kurchin (PC 2013)
Jenna Freudenburg (BC 2013)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2011 Semester)

Joseph O'Rourke (SM 2012)
Daniel Kapec (SM 2012)

Officers for 2010-2011

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2011 Semester)

Joseph O'Rourke (SM 2012)
Daniel Kapec (SM 2012)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2010 Semester)

Alan Hutchison (TD 2011)
Michele Dufault (Deceased)

Officers for 2009-2010

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2010 Semester)

Alan Hutchison (TD 2011)
Michele Dufault (Deceased)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2009 Semester)

Katherine Rosenfeld (MC 2010)
Matthew Smith (SY 2010)

Officers for 2008-2009

Co-Presidents: (Spring 2009 Semester)

Katherine Rosenfeld (MC 2010)
Matthew Smith (SY 2010)

Co-Presidents: (Fall 2008 Semester)

Nathaniel Roth (PC 2009)
Elizabeth Jerison (SM 2010)

Officers for 2007-2008

Co-Presidents:

Elissa Dunn (BC 2009)
Margaret Shea (SY 2008)

Officers for 2006-2007

Co-Presidents:

Glenn Murphy (CC 2007)
Anna Mandel (SC 2007)

Officers for 2005-2006

Co-Presidents:

Ruth Toner (ES 2007)
Ning Liang (SC 2007)
Maria Orochena

Who We Are