Physics students have many opportunities for hands-on learning outside the classroom. The program provides a community of support; you will forge strong relationships with professors, whom you will come to trust as academic and career advisors. Recent graduate Nathaniel Steinsultz, noted for his research work with Suffolk professors, won the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Award for Math, Science, and Engineering in 2010—an honor reserved for the top 300 science students in the country.
Society of Physics Students
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association focused on helping students develop the well-rounded skillset needed to succeed beyond the classroom. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. In addition to physics majors, members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields.
Suffolk has a vibrant physics club, part of the national Society of Physics Students. This network connects you to students and events at more than 200 colleges nationwide, many right here in Boston. You’ll also have the chance to present papers and research at national and international conferences, with faculty guidance.
The SPS helps students become contributing members of the professional community. Course work develops only one range of skills. Other skills needed to flourish professionally include effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, establishing a personal network of contacts, presenting scholarly work in professional meetings and journals, and providing outreach services to the campus and local communities.
Suffolk unveiled a modern Nanoscience Research Laboratory in 2012. Nanoscience, a rapidly growing field, is the manipulation of matter at the smallest, atomic level. You will have full access to these elite facilities, including advanced scanning electron microscopes and an atomic force microscope—equipment usually reserved for graduate work.
Physics students are encouraged to participate in student-faculty research teams. Some research projects are done on campus in the Sagan Energy Research Lab or the Nanoscience Lab, while others involves trips to the Friedman Field Station in Maine. Students pursuing the Astrophysics concentration can work on projects that will take them as far as Madrid and the Canary Islands.
Recent projects have studied wind turbines, geodesic domes, analysis of vibrating strings, methane monitoring of landfills, wireless remote sensors, and x-ray spectroscopy.