New semester begins, many GAP events to come!

GAP welcomes everyone back to campus for the Spring 2016 semester! Here are just a few of the things to look forward to in the upcoming semester:

Our biweekly Physics Forum will begin again on Thursday, January 28 at 4PM in the Interaction Zone. Any students who are interested in giving a 20 or 40 minute presentation on their research or other topic of interest should contact our officer Forrest Kieffer to be placed on the schedule.

We are proud to be involved in organizing an event in the 2016 Atlanta Science Festival – The Science of Beer will be hosted at SweetWater Brewery on Wednesday, March 23rd. More details to come.


Lunch with Dr. Jeff Hasty

Dr. Jeff Hasty, an alumnus of the Georgia Tech School of Physics and current professor of Molecular Biology and Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego, will be having lunch with the SoP students this Monday, November 23rd. Please join us from 12-1 pm in the Interaction Zone for pizza and Q&A with Dr. Hasty! He did his PhD thesis at Tech under the supervision of Prof. Kurt Wiesenfeld. Dr. Hasty now runs the Biodynamics Laboratory, and he is giving the Physics Colloquium on Monday the 23rd at 3pm, in Klaus 1116 W.

Internships as a Graduate Student

Our next event will be a Q&A with two School of Physics grad students, Tingnan Zhang and Claire Yanyan Ji, who both had industry internships this past summer. Tingnan worked at Google, while Claire worked at Boston Scientific.  They will describe their internship experiences, and will be happy to answer questions such as how they found their internships and how they arranged with their advisers to take time off from their thesis research. Join us for this event on Tuesday November 3rd at 4 pm in the Interaction Zone (Howey S105). We will provide food and drinks as well. GCal event

Lunch with Dr. Jim Trebes, Head of the Physics Division at LLNL

We are excited to announce our next event, a lunch and Q&A with Dr. Jim Trebes, head of the Physics Division of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory! Dr. Trebes is visiting courtesy of the Strategic Energy Institute.  This is a unique opportunity to get some perspective from someone who has seen and done it all while working at a national lab. Come with questions! This event is by RSVP only. Tickets are limited, so get them fast! The Google calendar event may be found on our events page.

A Day with the C.I.A.

See below for information regarding a C.I.A. career event hosted by oSTEM@GT:

Ever wondered what it’d be like to work for the CIA? Explore the life of a CIA Analyst by joining us on Thursday, March 26th in Clough 152.
Recruiters and representatives from various employee resources groups from the CIA will be at there to shine light on job opportunities at the CIA.

7pm Diversity Panel – open discussion about the CIA work culture
8pm Simulations – team competition where students act like CIA analysts tackling real-life CIA operations
Pizza will be provided.

***REGISTER here (especially if you’d like to participate in the Simulations)

Hosted by oSTEM and many other diversity-minded student professional development organizations. For more information, check out the Facebook Event Page.

First Meeting Minutes

Thank you to all that attended the first GAP meeting and made it a success! Here are the minutes from the first meeting:

President (Chris Crowley) – The Graduate Association of Physicists (GAP) is a new club, and our mission is to provide career development opportunities for the physics graduate students, with an emphasis on career paths outside of academia. One way we plan to do this is by bringing in speakers who received PhDs in physics and are now working as something other than a professor.

Vice President (Gabe Wadsworth) – We are currently brainstorming other events we can have in this vein. We want these events to be helpful to you so please let us know what kind of things you’d like to see! Also, Jim Trebes, the head of the physics division at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LANL), will be coming to the School of Physics for a seminar on Friday, March 27th. We plan on reserving time for the graduate students to meet with him for a career Q&A session, stay tuned for details.

Secretary (Simon Berman) – Please join our club on JacketPages so that Tech’s Student Government Association (SGA) knows how many members we have and can provide proportionate amounts of funding for our events. To do this, login to your GT account here, find our organization’s page under the “Organizations” tab, and click “Join Organization” on the left. Also, to join our mailing list just send an email from your preferred email address to here.

Your speaker suggestions:

  • An immigrant to the US that can address visa issues.
  • A quantitative analyst
  • A GTRI researcher
  • Someone from Coca-Cola
  • Someone working in communications

Your other activity suggestions:

  • Resume workshop (talk to CETL about this?)