Hotel Roanoke

The 78th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society

Roanoke, Virginia

Wednesday, October 19 - Saturday, October 22, 2011

The meeting will be hosted by The Department of Physics at Virginia Tech at The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Special Events:

  • There will be a contest for the "Best Undergraduate Presentation" and the "Best Undergraduate Poster". Students who wish to enter the contest should click here.

  • A Mentoring Workshop held by Monica Plisch of the APS will take place on Thursday afternoon.

    How do you effectively mentor individuals at different stages of their careers? Are you ready to address the NSF's new requirement about mentoring post-docs in your next proposal? Can you learn to become a more effective mentor through training? Scientists often are not prepared for their crucial role of mentoring the next generation. Based on a research mentor seminar developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and modified for physics by the American Physical Society, this workshop is designed to help you start to become a more effective mentor.

  • There will be a panel discussion on "The Under-Represented Majority" on Friday afternoon. The panelists are Theda Daniels-Race from LSU; David Ernst from Vanderbilt; Ronald E. Mickens from Clark Atlanta; and Christine Nattrass from UT-Knoxville. An attached poster contains their bios. To submit a question for one of the panelists, please click here.

  • Our banquet speaker on Friday evening is Ron Mickens, who will discuss his book on the life of Edward Bouchet, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in physics from a US institution (1876).

The local organizing committee:

Prof. Leo Piilonen
Prof. Michel Pleimling
Prof. Beate Schmittmann

The program committee is chaired by:

Dr. Roxanne Springer

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University 
Physics Department, Robeson Hall (0435), Blacksburg, VA 24061 
Phone: (540) 231-6544; Fax: (540) 231-7511