The Georgetown chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) recently won a 2023-24 Future Faces of Physics Award from the National SPS
The Georgetown chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) recently won a 2023-24 Future Faces of Physics Award from the National SPS. Georgetown’s proposal, developed by physics majors Amada Paris (C’25) and Cecilia Ochoa (C’24), was focused on organizing events to bring together students, faculty, and staff for a discussion on how to improve the culture at Georgetown physics and physics as a whole. With support from this award, SPS and the department’s PAR (Physicists Against Racism) group will invite moderators from “A Long Talk” to visit. “A Long Talk” is an organization founded in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the calls for racial justice in 2020, designed to “eradicate racism and dismantle systemic oppression in America.” The moderators will guide a group of undergraduate and graduate students, professors, and other staff members through uncomfortable but important topics. Several weeks afterward the group will reconvene and discuss how the discussion has affected them and what they have each been able to implement in our daily lives. The goal of this project is not just to discuss how systemic racism has affected our community, but how we can all combat the inequality present in physics.