Loyola University Chicago

Department of Physics

Loyola Physics Newsletter 2.7

January 30, 2024

February is the only thing between us and springtime! There are lots of upcoming events in the Department. Also, any students interested in medical physics or cancer treatment are strongly encouraged to apply to the summer internship program at Loyola’s Department of Cancer Biology and Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. This program is for Loyola students only, and they specifically asked for Loyola Physics major to apply to the Oncology Program. Please see below under Loyola Opportunities. You can watch the Nobel lectures from December on attosecond spectroscopy by the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics in Interesting Science.

Department Events

  • Physics Club Winter Social on Wednesday, January 31 at 6 PM on Cudahy Third Floor. All students and friend are invited. Please RSVP here.
  • Physics Seminar on Thursday, February 15 @ 2:30 – Dr. Paolo Desiati from the University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Submit titles of your research posters for the Loyola Physics Research Symposium by March 15 to Dr. Abbasi (rabbasi@luc.edu)
  • Dr. McNees will be hosting an “in conversation” event with Fermilab physicist Chris Quigg about his new book “Grace in all Simplicity,” which explores many of the ideas and observations central to particle physics and cosmology in the 20th and 21st century. The event will take place on February 29th, at Bookends & Beginnings bookstore in Evanston. The event is open to anyone, you just need to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-store-book-talk-chris-quigg-with-robert-mcnees-tickets-790250860597

Loyola Opportunities & Events

  • Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Cancer Biology and the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center are sponsoring ten-week full-time research internships this summer at the Cancer Center (Health Sciences Campus in Maywood) for LUC students.  All LUC Freshman, Sophomore, and Juniors with an interest in cancer research are eligible to apply. They specifically requested Loyola Physics majors to apply to the Radiation Oncology, Imaging, and Technology Program - This comprehensive program brings together radiation oncologists, radiologists, physicists, imaging scientists, engineers, computer scientists and radiation biologists to foster research that integrates clinical, basic science and engineering approaches. The goal: translate these concepts from bench to bedside to improve tumor control with radiation, while minimizing side effects, and develop novel imaging approaches for localized and disseminated disease. Students who participate in this program will perform research that will involve basic computer programming that may include image processing, machine learning or analysis of radiation dose distributions.  Interns are expected to commit to full time work for the entire 10-week program.  A stipend will be awarded to student interns who are accepted for this competitive summer program. Application due date – Friday, March 1. The application portal is here.
  • The Loyola Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium (URES) is on Saturday, April 20, 2024. Loyola students have the opportunity to present research posters and presentations from engaged learning class and their research with faculty. Last day for Loyola students to register for URES is March 17, 2024.
  • Spend a Semester in Washington, DC, Intern and Take Loyola Classes. Explore career ideas and work on issues you care about.  Attend protests and briefings.  Visit monuments and memorials.  Gain experience in communications, politics, advocacy, government relations, media, outreach, or research.  Internships range from Capitol Hill to nonprofits, think tanks, media organizations, advocacy groups, consulting firms, and more. Open to all Juniors and Seniors. To apply visit: http://www.luc.edu/dc/ . Read what students say about the program: https://lucindc.wordpress.com .  To learn more about the program and receive program updates, please email Susan Dimock at sdimock@luc.edu . Fall 2024 Applications Due February 25, Spring 2025 Early Admission Due June 1.

Summer Research Opportunities (REUs)

  • 10-week, intensive undergraduate Summer Research Program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.   This program provides a unique chance for students to immerse themselves in research within our cutting-edge facilities while gaining insights into graduate school life at a Big Ten institution. Our commitment to quality mentoring is reflected in our selective approach, as we limit our summer offerings to active research labs and projects led by faculty known for their excellence in guiding undergraduate students. Priority review of applications begins Thursday, February 1 and the final deadline for all applications is Friday, March 1. It is especially important to note that we actively encourage students historically underrepresented in graduate education to consider applying. For a comprehensive list of 2024 programs, along with details on benefits, program specifics, and how to apply, see our website.

Interesting Science News

  • The 2023 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three scientists for breakthroughs in attosecond spectroscopy to study electron dynamics. In December, the winners delivered their Nobel lectures. You can watch them here.

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