GW Hosts 2022 Physics Congress

CCAS Physics Department welcomed more than 1,200 students and Nobel laureates.

October 10, 2022

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Physics students and faculty from George Washington and Howard University in discussion during one of PhyCon’s many workshops and breakout sessions. (Alexander van der Horst)

The George Washington University Department of Physics and the GW chapter of the Society of Physics Students were the local hosts this year of PhysCon (Physics Congress), the largest conference for physics and astronomy undergraduate students in the nation, with more than 1,200 participants.

The three-day event, held last week at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in D.C., featured international professional development workshops, a career and graduate fair and panel discussions with some of the top physicists in the field, including Nobel Prize laureates Eric Cornell and John Mather.

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Rachel Riedner delivered the opening remarks, and 10 physics faculty members and 30 undergraduate and graduate student volunteers from GW helped organize and assist with event activities.

“The GW Physics Department was very honored to be the local host,” said Physics Director of Undergraduate Studies Professor Alexander van der Horst. “It was wonderful to showcase GW to all those young scientists and see them share their passion for physics and astronomy with each other.”