Student Organizations

Students within the Department of Physics can pursue a wide variety of extracurricular activities.

Society of Physics Students

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a popular club for students. SPS is a professional association designed for students to foster enjoyment of physics, teamwork, public outreach, and professional development. Learn more about the ECU SPS chapter.

SPS Activities & Events

SPS members can participate in a variety of activities and events at weekly meetings. These could include lively discussions and debates, presentations from faculty members, outreach events, or long-term projects such as designing and building a trebuchet.

SPS members engage in a lively discussion during a weekly meeting.

Designing and building a trebuchet is one of many activities SPS members can participate in.

SPS Outreach

SPS members often engage in community outreach activities such as science festivals and olympiads, expos, and competitions.

Sigma Pi Sigma

Sigma Pi Sigma is the national honor society for physics students. It is affiliated with SPS, but has membership restrictions. ECU hosts a membership ceremony every spring semester for qualifying inductees. Learn more about Sigma Pi Sigma at ECU.

Astronomy Club

Astronomy Club at ECU is for students interested in astrophysics and astronomy. Although not currently active, we would love for some motivated students to start this exciting club again!

ECU Student Organizations

Other ECU student organizations can be found at Student Engagement.

ECU Student Research in Physics

Undergraduate students in physics are encouraged to participate in research with faculty in our department. At the undergraduate level, we have several independent-study research courses in which students can receive course credit for conducting research under faculty supervision. Our Physics Honors program recognizes ECU physics graduates who have completed long-term research projects as undergraduates. Interested students who wish to know more can explore multidisciplinary research in our department. Of course, please do not hesitate to contact any of our faculty or administration for more information, or to discuss potential research programs.