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 2020 Semester)

Shoumik Chowdhury (SY 2021) Shoumik is a senior Mathematics and Physics major in Saybrook. He is broadly interested in quantum information science, and works on both applied theoretical and experimental research. Outside of physics, though, he enjoys reading novels, woodworking, and listening to music, as well as meeting new people (and sharing memes with them)!
Laura Zhou (BF 2022) Laura is a junior in Benjamin Franklin College. She's majoring in physics, and potentially as well in electrical engineering. Her research interests lie broadly in AMO and quantum information. In her free time, you can find her drawing, reading manga, and hopelessly trying to develop a green thumb.

Board Members

Amanda Butler (JE 2022) Amanda is a junior double majoring in Physics and Astronomy. She’s really excited to join the SPS board for this upcoming year, and looks forward to finding new ways of connecting Yale’s awesome physics resources with the greater campus community. During the few moments when she’s not doing p-sets or working in the Nagai lab, you can find Amanda cooking an unnecessary number of egg dishes, procrastinating via playlists, napping, or spontaneously beatboxing in the middle of conversations.
Giovanna Truong (MY 2023) Outreach Co-Chair Giovanna is a sophomore this year. She is a juggler and a cartoonist, and she met everyone in the Physics Department through her work in the Yale Daily News. She is also a proud/the only member of Harris Labs Midwest. She loves, in addition to learning physics and talking to people, printing at the JE Press — but she would love it more if she could find any umlauts!
Olivia Aspegren (BF 2023) Olivia is a sophomore in Benjamin Franklin College, majoring in Mathematics and Physics. She’s from Palo Alto, California, where few people actually own a winter jacket. Outside of physics, Olivia plays on Yale’s Club Tennis team, and enjoys running, reading science fiction and eating cookie dough in Franklin’s buttery.
Shantanu Jha (SY 2021)
David Saunders (HC 2023) David is a sophomore from Toronto, Ontario planning on majoring in Astrophysics and potentially Film Studies. David is a Hopper College Aide and a part of the YUAA. In his free time, he loves writing, watching movies, stargazing, and playing basketball with his friends in Hopper!
Dawson Thomas (ES 2023) Dawson is a rising sophomore in Ezra Stiles College (Go Moose!). He is a prospective physics or physics and mathematics major. He's from the Atlanta, GA area, which is where he will be doing his online classes this fall. In his spare time, his hobbies include music, hiking, and reading. He's super excited to serve as your SPS co-outreach chair, and he's aiming to increase involvement from younger classes and to help SPS share the joy of physics with our broader communities. Feel free to reach out with ideas and suggestions! He's looking forward to making the absolute most of this unique semester with y'all!
Jessie Chen Jessie is a sophomore in Davenport majoring in physics and computer science. Her research interest broadly includes quantum information and particle physics. Outside of physics, you can find Jessie taking random photographs, reading and proposing crazy ideas about our universe and what to eat for dessert, or settling a feud with her little brother on PUBG.
Vuong Mai (MC 2021) Vuong is a senior majoring in Physics & Geology, and she'd love to ramble to anyone interested in hearing about the joint geophysics program. This summer, she's gotten the chance to do some gardening, make playlists, paint, and spend time in the great outdoors. This year, Vuong will be working on her thesis in the Paleomag Lab, as well as continuing her summer project relating to geophysical inverse problems. She looks forward to getting to know everyone in the SPS this year!
Yiming Zhang (BF 2022) Yiming is a junior in Franklin majoring in physics. He is currently a student researcher at Jack Harris lab, where he works on non-hermitian physics and quantum optomechanics. Outside physics, you can find Yiming singing as a tenor in the Yale Glee Club, taking random staged photographs, or attempting to recreate delicacies from his hometown in northwest China.

 

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