The Rhodes Physics Department is proud to host monthly open houses for students, faculty, and the general public. Specific objects visible vary according to the season, but some favorites are the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, the Perseus Double Cluster, and the Andromeda Galaxy. Several telescopes and observatory docents will be available to show these, and other, astronomical objects. Open houses are free and all are welcome to attend.
The Rhodes College chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is comprised of students who share an interest in physics and a love of sharing their enthusiasm for science with others. The Society of Physics Students is a professional association explicitly designed for students, and governed by a national council of physicists and physics students, under the organization of the American Institute of Physics.
Through the Taylor Scholarship in Physics, we provide talented high school physics students the means to continue their investigations at the college level. At least one scholarship will be awarded to a first-year student each year, and is renewed annually for three years if renewal requirements are satisfied.
As a Taylor Scholar, you will:
Rhodes physics majors are vibrant, involved, motivated, hard-working men and women. We count many student-athletes among our majors, as well as students involved in music, community service, and a wide variety of other extra-curricular activities. Over the past eight years, 30% of our majors have been female (which is above the national average of 22%).
|Award for Excellence in First-Year Physics||Taichen Zhou '17||2014|
|Research Award for Physics||Joey McPherson '14||2014|
|The Physics Department Award||Morgan Smathers '14||2014|
|The William Spandow Scholarship in Physics||Mark Sellers '15 & Luke Spinolo '15||2014|
Rhodes College is proud to hold a charter and maintain a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. Physics students who meet high academic standards are invited to join the chapter, usually in their junior or senior year. Induction into the society is an honor that one carries for the rest of his or her life, and many of the chapter’s members have gone on to become leaders in the scientific community.
Whether they are collaborating with faculty at Rhodes or participating in one of the many NSF sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs, students are encouraged and supported in the presentation of their research. It is not unusual for a graduating senior physics major to have attended several national meetings and given formal presentations to both research audiences in their field of work as well as general audiences in a seminar presentation
Research with Faculty