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SPS Tutoring has started!

Our Technical Workshop is on Sunday October 15th, 2017 in Bauch and Lomb 208!

Board Game Night is on Friday October 20th, 2017 hosted by the POA!

Spooky Science Saturday is on Saturday October 28th, 2017 in the Rettner Atrium!

The World of Physics

About Us

The SPS exists to help students transform themselves into 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 outreach services to the campus and local communities

Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, the SPS offers the opportunity for these important enrichments to the student's experience.

Professional Developement

Technical Workshop 10/15/2017

Research Symposium

Luncheon with Professors

Summer Internship Workshops


Free tutoring for introductory physics & astronomy courses

Including the 113, 120, 140 series and others!


Spooky Science Saturday 10/28/2017

Science Fair

The Physics Pentathalon


Game night 10/20/2017

Movie nights

Mees Trips

Photon Cup

And many more!

E-Board Members

  • Jack is the President of SPS, majoring in Physics & Astronomy and Optical Engineering. He likes walking on the beach and playing racquetball (will challenge anyone for it).

    Jack Piotrowski

    President. Junior. Studies Physics & Astronomy and Optical Engineering.

  • Sam is the Vice President of SPS, majoring in Physics and Computer Science. She runs for the varsity cross country and track & field teams.

    Samantha Tetef

    Vice President. Junior. Runs for the varsity cross country and track & field teams.

  • Jeremy is the Business Manager of SPS, majoring in Physics. He runs for the varsity track team.

    Jeremy Hartse

    Business Manager. Junior. Runs for the varsity track team.

  • Natalie is the Secretary of SPS, majoring in Physics & Astronomy.

    Natalie Allen

    Secretary. Sophomore. Studies Physics & Astronomy.

  • Adina is the Outreach Chair of SPS, majoring in Physics & Astronomy.

    Adina Ripin

    Outreach Chair. Sophomore. Studies Physics and Mathematics.

  • Andy is the Social Chair of SPS, majoring in Physics. He plays for the varsity football team. He is researching extreme states of matter.

    Andrew Van Avery

    Social Chair. Junior. Plays for the varsity football team.


We offer free tutoring every Monday to Thursday from 7 to 9 PM at the POA Library (3rd Floor of Bausch & Lomb). Will be updated at the beginning of the year!


Fiona Nichols-Fleming

Leesa Brown

Bo Peng


Ryan Rubenzahl

Jack Piotrowski

Jeremy Staffa


Jeremy Hartse

Nick Romano

Jack Piotrowski


Yue Wang

Mattison Flakus

Tri Nguyen


The Society of Physics Students at the University of Rochester seeks to promote interest and curiosity in physics within the University of Rochester, and in the greater Rochester community. We host a variety of events throughout the year, and visit local schools to engage kids in hands on activities.

Physics Pentathalon

SPS will be hosting the Physics Pentathalon -- an event aimed at providing high school students with fun yet challenging tasks outside the classroom setting.

Students will be able to compete in five different activities to test their scientific method and problem solving skills. Date TBD.

Sigma Pi Sigma

Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics, to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels to promote an attitude of service and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Election is a lifelong membership and includes a once-year complimentary membership in the Society of Physics Students (SPS).

Click here to go to the Sigma Pi Sigma website


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