All students with an interest in physics are invited to join the Physics Club.
You don’t have to be a physics major to join. The club is the 2012 winner of an Aaron O. Hoff Award for making an outstanding contribution to the Lafayette community.
The Physics Club is a chapter of the national Society of Physics Students (SPS), but there are no dues for the Physics Club and you are not required to join SPS. There are perks for joining SPS, including a subscription to Physics Today, the monthly publication of the American Institute of Physics, and the opportunity to participate in regional events with physics students at other colleges and universities. Members of SPS can also become members of Sigma Pi Sigma (ΣΠΣ), the national honor society in physics.
The primary activities of the Physics Club include lunch-time or late afternoon talks, most of which are given by invited guests, usually eminent physicists from other universities or industry. Other lectures are given by faculty members from the Physics Department or related departments on campus, by students who have conducted summer research projects, and by candidates for departmental honors. Lunch is provided free for all at the noon-time talks.
Other activities of the club include rocket-launching contests, showings of science fiction videos, ice cream socials, stargazing parties, and an annual picnic.