The Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society (SESAPS) annual meeting (SESAPS 2011) was held Oct. 19-22 in Roanoke, VA. The meeting was hosted by Virginia Tech and over 295 people attended. Prof. Roxanne Springer was the chair of the program committee as part of her duties as Chair-Elect of SESAPS.
The conference was held at an historic hotel, now called the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a favorite 19th and early 20th century meeting place for elegant society. In 1995 it reopened under part ownership of Virginia Tech. This made it a particularly hospitable place for the Virginia Tech local organizers of SESAPS 2011 to receive the attention they needed.
Two sessions were held to celebrate physics milestones: the 100th anniversary of the discovery of superconductivity, and the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the atomic nucleus. SESAPS 2011 was organized so that undergraduates were full participants in each session. Under this model, the young scientists interacted with graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, creating a more vibrant event for all. Awards were made for the “Best Undergraduate Poster” and the “Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation.” Each winner received $100 and is acknowledged on the SESAPS web site. (more…)