On October 24, 2015, SMCM Physics hosts a conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Chesapeake Section in Schaefer Hall. The conference will gather physics teachers — from high school through university levels — from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. Participants will share presentations on physics pedagogy and demonstrations of instructional equipment. The conference will include a tour of St. Mary’s physics department.
The physics department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland hosts its second annual SMCM Physics Alumni + Students + Faculty Gathering on November 7. The event will bring together alumni, current students, and faculty to discuss the wide variety of career options available with a St. Mary’s physics degree. In honor of the year’s theme, the International Year of Light, alumni who work with light will give presentations on their jobs and their career paths. Other alumni will present brief “elevator speeches” on their current jobs and career paths. The event also provides networking and recruiting opportunities, along with the latest news from St. Mary’s Physics. Breakfast and refreshments are provided for all, and lunch is provided for alumni.
10:00 AM – Arrival: check in, name tags
10:15 AM – Welcome
10:45 AM – Alumni working with light
11:45 AM – lunch
12:45 PM – alumni elevator talks
1:15 PM – career discussion
1:45 PM – social time
2:30 PM – facilities tour (optional)
On October 25, 2014, SMCM Physics alumni, students, and faculty gathered for a day-long event, focusing on careers. Activities included career talks, career panels, networking, research presentations, and information on services offered by the SMCM Career Development Center and the American Physical Society. Alumni toured the program’s updated facilities and spent time meeting current students.