Physics EXPO

EXPO Basics

The Physics EXPO is being held on Saturday of the CUWiP conference (Jan 18), from 4:10-6:00pm. Students will be able to walk freely around the EXPO and speak with representatives from various companies, national laboratories, local graduate schools, and national and local physics-related societies.

EXPO maps will be provided at the event!

National and Local Societies

  • American Association of Physics Teachers
    Founded in 1930, the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is the premier professional society established to advance the greater good through physics education. With the support of our members worldwide, AAPT is an action oriented organization designed to develop, improve, and promote best practices for physics education as part of the global need for qualified Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers who will inspire tomorrow's leaders and decision makers.
  • American Physical Society
    The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.
  • Cal NERDS Program
    We establish a welcoming social and academic environment where diversity technology, math, science, and engineering UC Berkeley undergradaute students can explore, develop, and realize their academic, personal, and cultural strengths. NERDS offers a combination of high-quality mentored research experiences, academic support, community service, leadership development, and professional networking to help students survive, thrive, and identify their unique pathway to successful graduate school or professional careers.
  • The Compass Project
    The Compass Project is a self-formed group of graduate and undergraduate students in the physical sciences at UC Berkeley. Our goals are to improve undergraduate physics education, provide our participants with opportunities for professional development, and increase retention of students, especially those from populations typically underrepresented in the physical sciences. Compass fosters a diverse, collaborative student community by providing a wide range of services, including a summer program, fall and spring semester courses, mentoring, a research lecture series, and other academic and social support. Our efforts have been recognized by the American Physical Society, who presented Compass with the 2012 Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education.
  • National Society of Black Engineers
    The NSBE Mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible minority engineers and scientists who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.
  • UC Berkeley Society of Physics Students
    The Society of Physics Students is an organization dedicated to physics careers and cutting-edge research. We encourage and assist students interested in physics to develop the knowledge, competence, enthusiasm, and social responsibility that are essential to the advancement of physics; stimulate interest in advanced study and research in physics; develop collegiality among physics students and faculty members; promote public interest in physics; and provide liaison between students and the member societies of the American Institute of Physics.
  • UC Berkeley Society of Women in Physical Sciences
    SWPS is a student group run by female graduate and undergrad students in Physics, Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Biophysics. Our goals are to encourage women and minorities to study the physical sciences and to create a friendly and supportive environment in these departments for all students.

Participating Graduate Schools

  • Rutgers University Department of Physics & Astronomy
    The Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts a PhD program in Physics and Astronomy and a Research Experience for Undergraduates. We have strong research programs in experimental and theoretical condensed matter, high-energy and nuclear physics, biophysics and astronomy and astrophysics. With about 100 graduate students and 70 members of our graduate faculty, including 9 women, we provide a supportive environment for success in studies and research. Rutgers is located in the center of New Jersey, about 40 miles from New York City or the New Jersey beaches and about 1 hour from the Appalachian Mountains.
  • San Francisco State University Department of Physics & Astronomy
    The Department of Physics and Astronomy at SF State makes research and teaching its top priorities. Students planning to pursue a PhD degree or to enter industry can expect an outstanding education and exposure to cutting-edge research through our BS and MS programs.
  • Stanford University Department of Physics and Applied Physics
    The Stanford Physics and Applied Physics Departments offer a "rotation" system for first-year graduate students, to help students find a research group that matches their interests and in which they can thrive. Graduate students can rotate with groups in the Physics and Applied Physics Departments and in the Photon Science and Particle Physics & Astrophysics Departments at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and with groups conducting physics-related research in other departments. Many interdisciplinary research opportunities exist at Stanford in fields such as biophysics and energy research.
  • UC Berkeley Department of Physics
    We have over 60 faculty members in the Physics Department. Their research interests include theory and experiment in a wide range of areas, including condensed matter, elementary particles, astrophysics, plasma physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics, as well as many other topics at the boundaries of traditional fields, including biophysics, materials research, and nanoscience. In addition to research within the Department, opportunities exist for you at the adjacent Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Space Sciences Laboratory, the Berkeley Center for Cosmology, and the Center for Integrative Planetary Sciences, along with the resources available in Berkeley’s other well-known departments. Among our major research facilities are the Advanced Light Source at LBNL, the Berkeley Microfabrication Facility, the Molecular Foundry at LBNL, and the Keck Telescope in Hawaii.
  • UC Davis Department of Physics
    The UC Davis physics department has 42 faculty and about 150 graduate students. For PhD students, tuition plus an annual stipend of about $24,000 is paid by the department or research group. Main research areas are cosmology, condensed matter, and particle physics, with smaller groups in biophysics, complex systems, and nuclear physics. The department also runs an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program each summer for students who have not yet completed their undergraduate degrees.
  • UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy
    The UCLA Physics and Astronomy department is a large department with about 50 full time faculty members who research everything from black holes to how the brain stores information. They are one department although there are two graduate programs. The physics program enrolls about 25 students a year and the astronomy program about 5. The melding of the two disciplines strengthens the department, especially in the area of particle astrophysics. This is Prof. Winslow's area of research and she is here to tell you about the exciting opportunities at UCLA in areas as diverse as atomic physics and plasma physics.
  • UC Santa Cruz
    The Physics Department is made up of twenty-two faculty members, who conduct research in the areas of condensed matter (theory and experiment), particle physics (theory and experiment), biophysics, and astrophysics and cosmology. We are home to some of the most creative faculty and unique research programs in the nation. With a strong condensed matter physics group and with our close connection to the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) and scientific associations with Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) and Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) at Stanford, the UC Observatories, and various x-ray and neutron scattering centers at national laboratories we continue to provide exceptional research opportunities to our students.

National Laboratories

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. Berkeley Lab scientists are working at the frontiers of knowledge about energy and the environment to better understand our universe and to address the challenges facing our nation and our planet. Workforce Development & Education carries out Berkeley Lab's mission to inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technicians through various educational outreach programs.
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has a mission of strengthening the United States’ security by developing and applying world-class science, technology, and engineering that enhance the nation’s defense, reduces the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction and responds with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. LLNL promotes a culture of innovation, excellence, diversity and team science that benefits the nation as well as the world. As a result, our employees have received the highest awards in industry and academia for engineering and science discoveries.Speaker Dr. Sofia Quaglioni will be at this EXPO booth.
  • Sandia National Laboratories
    Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.
  • Student Undergraduate Laboraotry Internship (SULI) at Stanford Linear Accelerator
    The Student Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI) at SLAC offers exciting opportunities for undergraduates majoring in science or engineering to conduct research at a leading national laboratory. Research opportunities exist in photon science, accelerator physics, particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, computational science, materials science, environmental sciences, and other areas in science and engineering. Applications are due in early to mid-January. Students who are selected for the internship receive a stipend, travel expenses and housing on the Stanford University campus.


  • Elsevier
    Elsevier is the leading provider of science and health information. We partner with experts around the globe to develop world-class content, delivering it in ways that fuel discovery, drive innovation, and improve health care. Our customers are deeply engaged in advancing knowledge, saving lives and improving the way we live. They are scientists and clinicians; authors and editors, professors and students; information professionals and decision makers. We help them find the knowledge they need when and how they need it, providing trusted content and data along with tools and technology to navigate the ever-expanding universe of information. It’s a relationship based on partnership; our customers help us understand how they work, so we can help them achieve outcomes that matter. From their daily achievements that advance the frontiers of science and health, to critical decisions in patient care and groundbreaking discoveries that have the power to transform the world, millions of professionals count on Elsevier. Elsevier is a global company, headquartered in Amsterdam, employing more than 7,000 people in 25 countries. We work with a global community of 7,000 journal editors, 70,000 editorial board members, 300,000 reviewers and 600,000 authors.
  • National Instruments
    Since 1976, NI’s platform have revolutionized the approach of system development to help companies create smarter and more advanced technologies for addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. With a long-term vision driven by a 100-year plan and deep commitment to creating shared value, NI fosters the success of customers, employees, suppliers, and shareholders while making a positive impact on society. For the past 14 years, NI has been listed as one of FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. In 2011 and 2012, NI was also named among the World’s 25 Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute.
    ORTEC is a global supplier and world leader in the design and manufacture of specialized nuclear detection instrumentation, including the latest in mechanical cooling technologies for Germanium gamma-ray detectors. The ORTEC product line includes instruments and software for government and commercial radiochemistry laboratories, nuclear power plant and government nuclear facility operations, special nuclear materials safeguards, search and identification of radioactive materials, and chemical weapons detection. ORTEC is a brand name and product line of Advanced Measurement Technology, a division of AMETEK, Inc. Paoli, PA.
  • InstaEdu
    InstaEDU makes it incredibly simple for any student to work with a great tutor at any time. We've recruited some of the best tutors from the U.S. and around the world and made them accessible on-demand 24/7. I work on the engineering team and do data science for InstaEDU.
  • Yammer
    Yammer and Microsoft provide a private social network for your company. Yammer empowers employees to be more productive and successful by enabling them to collaborate easily, make smarter decisions faster, and self-organize into teams to take on any challenge. It's a way of working that naturally drives business agility, reduces cycle times, engages employees, and improves relationships with customers and partners.
  • IBM Almaden
    In 1956, IBM Research established its first West Coast laboratory in San Jose, helping to create what would eventually become Silicon Valley. In 1986, IBM Research - Almaden became home to a rapidly growing team of scientists and researchers.The major areas of research at Almaden are Science and Technology, including fundamental science, nanotechnology, spin physics and photoresists; Computer Science, with work in areas such content management, human-computer interaction, text analytics, services-oriented architectures and most recently healthcare informatics; Service Science Research, focusing on large scale, people-and information-intensive challenges and Storage Systems, from storage and file systems to server software and systems management. Additionally, technology licensing is a key element in our value creation strategy and a source of significant mutual benefits for IBM Research and its external partners. Speaker Dr. Luisa Bozano will be at this EXPO booth.
  • Scientific American
    Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the leading publication for science in general media.
  • Stanford Research Systems
    Formed in 1980, SRS designs and manufactures high performance test equipment for scientific and other technical markets, with particular emphasis on the physical sciences. Over half of the R&D staff hold doctorates in Physics, Chemistry, or EE. All of our design and manufacturing work is performed at our Sunnyvale, California location.