2012 Commencement Ceremony


Students, remember that this Sunday, June 10th @ 4PM, the college of science will be having their commencement ceremony. Come watch your peers and friends receive their diplomas for their years of hard work and cheer them on as they walk across the stage toward their brighter futures. Many of us will be attending so be sure to come early and grab some front row seats.

5/17 Meeting & Spring trip to Griffith Observatory

This Thursday(5/17) the club will be having a meeting at noon in room 8-209. We will be discussing the remaining events for the year and specially the trip to the Griffith Park Observatory. We will need people to volunteer to drive for the trip so if you can drive, be sure one of our eboard officers knows about it. We will be meeting in the physics club room at 5pm and will be taking off at 5:30pm. We will be walking around the observatory for a few hours and watching a show at the planetarium. After the observatory, we will be going out to dinner at a place of popular vote. Be sure to go and see next year’s eboard and new club members!

Super Smash Brothers Tournament

Members, this Wednesday, May 16th the club will instead be hosting a Super Smash Bros.(N64) tournament instead of the usual movie night. It will be a tournament with everyone competing to see who’s best. First place gets the pleasure of knowing they’re the best of the gamers in the physics club. The tournament will be at the usual movie night time 6:30-11pm. Bring your best gaming fingers and good luck!

May 4th Public Lecture!


CPP SPS members,
Thursday, May 3rd Dr. Hui Cao will be arriving at Cal Poly Pomona and will be giving this week’s Physics and Astronomy Department’s weekly seminar on her research of photonic nanostructures of random morphology and how light can be trapped in such structures to make random lasers. The seminar will begin at 4PM and will be in Bldg 4-314.

Friday, May 4th Dr. Hui Cao will be giving a public lecture at the BSC-Andromeda at 6:30PM-7:30PM. The lecture will be on the topic of biomimetics, i.e. optical devices and materials inspired by biology. This includes drawing inspiration from nature’s mastery of color production/trick lighting due to the scattering of light by nanostructures(think of a butterfly’s wings which contain no pigment whatsoever). Using this inspiration, research attempts to finely control lasers in biomimetic structures at very small lengths. Drinks and snacks will be provided before the lecture so be sure to come early and get a good seat.

!!!Mandatory SPS Meeting May 3rd!!!

Members, this Thursday(May 3rd) @ 12:15PM we will be having a mandatory physics club meeting. We will be discussing our spring trip to the Griffith Observatory and most importantly, we will be having officer elections for next year’s Physics Club eboard. Please be there to listen to our potential candidates speak and make a decision on who will be managing the most important club at Cal Poly Pomona. It is very important that you attend because the Society of Physics Students @ Cal Poly Pomona influences a very large part of what goes on in the Physics and Astronomy Department, including Seminars, Science Cafes, Public Lectures and Dept BBQs. Hope to see you all there exercising your right to vote!

Zone 18 Meeting this Weekend

Members, if you intend to go to the zone meeting then you must have already signed up and have been confirmed to be attending. Please be sure that you have everything ready to go by Friday as most of the drivers intend to go to Fresno directly after class. Courtney will be taking off at 2pm, Thanh at 3:30pm and Dr. Sadaghiani will be leaving at 12-1pm from Pasadena(you must meet her there). There will probably be another driver so please be sure to get your ride situation sorted by early Friday morning. There will be a schedule at CSU Fresno to follow so everything should be smooth sailing once we get there and get the rooms/tenants figured out. If you have any questions, speak to Courtney, Victor or Hooker and they will be happy to help you out. Have a fun and safe weekend!

4/19 Meeting and Trip

Members, tomorrow(4/19) we will be having a very important meeting to discuss new events and happenings in the Cal Poly Pomona SPS club! Tomorrow, there will be NO DEPARTMENT SEMINAR.  The club meeting however, will begin at noon in room 8-209. In the meeting we will be discussing the upcoming officer elections and the potential candidates for next year. The rules to run for position will be reviewed again so that campaigning and elections will be as smooth as possible. Next, we will be reminding students of all of the fundraisers we have available, this includes but is not limited to: Club shirts(old and new), club vinyl stickers and club projects. Finally we will be discussing the many trips that we will be taking this quarter to the desert for star gazing, Fresno for the SPS Zone 18 meeting and our annual Spring trip to the Griffith Observatory.

New plans have been made for our annual star gazing trip. This year, our very own Clint Hawkins has volunteered to have us at his place and allow us to star gaze in the desert. We will be meeting Saturday at 5PM in B-Lot. We and will be staying overnight for a full night of star gazing and some members will be driving back that night. If you intend to stay, be sure to bring pillows and blankets. Bring telescopes, binoculars or lasers, whatever helps with star gazing. Please remember to RSVP on the sign-up sheet on the club fridge or on our Facebook Page.

Finally, we have updated this site extensively to add pictures of our recent trip to Joshua Tree and our broomball match against KME. New eBooks have been added to our Books Page. I have added an eBook easter egg somewhere on this website if you’d like to look for it! The Events page has been updated to show the most up-to-date information on department seminars and club events. Finally, I will be restyling this website very soon to make it much more user friendly, clean and efficient. Stay tuned!

April 4 Meeting and Zzyzx Meteor Shower Trip


Members, April 4th there will be a club meeting in 8-209 @ noon. We will be discussing future club events and new updates. Shirts have finally come in and are available for purchase. There are sign-up sheets on the club fridge for Intramural sports and the upcoming trip to Zzyzx. Thanks to our contact Mark Helmlinger, we now have an in to Zzyzx for our star gazing trip! We will have a telescope available for use and we will be staying overnight to catch the peak of the Lyrid metor shower.

Also, a few projects to create a railgun and tesla coil have been started or are being planned so be sure to ask around and announce your intent/interest if you’d like to participate in these interesting projects!

Joshua Tree Camping Trip!

SPS members of Socal, on Friday, March 16th we will be taking our annual Spring Break camping trip. This year we will be going to the desert @ Joshua Tree! We will be meeting at the physics club room at CPP at 2Pm and will be taking off from there. The camping trip will be for two 3 days two nights and we will be returning to CPP the evening of Sunday the 18th. Activities will include but not be limited to: camping, hiking, rock climbing, stargazing, playing games. Reservations for the campground have been made and we will be able to accommodate about 20 people. If you’d like to go, please RSVP at our Facebook Event Page. If you will be willing to drive, please advise one of our officers and write your name on the blackboard in the physics club room. Individuals must bring: clothes, water, food(to share or for yourself if you wish), tent(or find one to share), sleeping bags. If you’re sure you’re going, there is a $5 RSVP payable to any club officer. If you’d like more information, feel free to email, message or speak to any of our officers.

Casino Night & Broomball


Members, we will be having a mandatory club meeting Thursday to discuss upcoming events as well as events for the upcoming spring quarter. The meeting will be held at 12AM in the physics club room.

Secondly, this Friday night(2/17) ASI will be having their “Casino Valentino” Night from 7-10PM. We have a three year tradition of going as a club and our eboard will all be going, dressed in their best. Join us for a night of fun and games as we show the house that physics has real world applications. This year Casino Night will be FREE for all students so be sure to mark your calendar and find us there.

Thirdly, broomball has been set for the early morning of Saturday the 25th at 12:30AM. This is very early in the morning but we already have a large crowd of confirmed attendees. We will be playing against the Math Club(KME) at CPP which should make for a good game. Victor has begun taking payments of $10/person for those wanting to attend broomball, be sure to speak to him if you’re interested in joining the physics squad this year. If you have absolutely no idea what broomball is check out pictures from last year’s game >here<.