The purpose of the PGS is to facilitate communication between the physics grad students and the physics faculty at Cornell. Our goals include disseminating important information to graduate students and acting as a formal voice for graduate students within the workings of the department. Additionally, the PGS fosters community among physics graduate students by organizing social events and discussion forums.


  • Happy New Year!

    Posted January 11, 2014, by Brian Koopman

    Happy New Year everyone! The semester starts in less than two weeks, but PGS has been hard at work planning upcoming events!

    First, we have another installation of Game Night!, this coming Wednesday, January 15th. Join us for a night of fun games in Clark Hall 701 at 6 PM. We'll have pizza for a dollar, be sure to let Jen know if you'd like pizza.

    Second, the physics department concert is coming up, on February 9th! If you're playing in it good luck practicing! If you aren't, you should come and support your fellow physicist at 6:30 PM in Barnes Hall.

    Third, Truth Week, an annual information meeting about choosing a research group will be January 28th-30th. Keep an eye on your inbox for more details!

    Finally, good luck to everyone taking the Q exam on the 24th!

  • Game Night!

    Posted October 30, 2013, by Brian Koopman

    The next game night will be hosted on November 6th, 2013 in Clark 700. Join us for a night of fun games! We'll have pizza for a dollar, be sure to let Jen know if you'd like pizza.

  • Fellowship Help Sessions

    Posted October 27, 2013, by Brian Koopman

    Yesterday was the second of three Fellowship Essay Help Sessions. The last one is on this coming Sunday, November 3rd, days before the deadline for the NSF fellowship! Be sure to bring your essays for some last minute proof reading.

  • Election Results

    Posted April 12, 2013, by Robin Bjorkquist

    Congratulations to the newly-elected PGS officers for 2013-2014:

    • President: Jennifer Chu
    • Vice President: Neal Reynolds
    • Treasurer: Azar Eyvazov
    • Communications: Brian Koopman
    • GPSA representatives: Mike Saelim and Daniel Citron

  • Science Communication Talk

    Posted March 21, 2013, by Robin Bjorkquist

    PGS is sponsoring a talk by Cornell Professor of Science Communication Bruce V. Lewenstein: "Public communication of science and technology – Why do it? And if you do, how?" Wednesday April 3 at 5:00 pm in Schwartz Auditorium. This event is funded by the GPSAFC and is open to the Cornell community.

  • Movie Night

    Posted February 21, 2013, by Robin Bjorkquist

    The next movie night will be Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 pm in Rockefeller 230. We will be watching Galaxy Quest. Come join us!

  • Secret Seminars

    Posted February 15, 2013, by Robin Bjorkquist

    The first Secret Seminar of the semester will be Thursday, February 21 at noon in Clark 609. Join us every week for informal research talks by your fellow graduate students! Check out the schedule to see the upcoming speakers and topics. Bring your lunch and your questions; PGS will bring the cookies.

  • Truth Week

    Posted January 27, 2013, by Robin Bjorkquist

    Announcing the Truth Week schedule! Come to get advice or give advice about finding a research group. ALL your questions answered! On Tuesday we will have a Thai dinner, and the specialized sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will have tasty snacks.

    • Tuesday 1/29, 5:30-7:30, Clark 701: general advice on finding a research group
    • Tuesday 1/29, 7:30-8:30, Clark 701: research outside the physics department
    • Wednesday 1/30, 6:00-7:00, Grad Lounge: LASSP theory
    • Wednesday 1/30, 7:00-8:00, Grad Lounge: LASSP experiment
    • Thursday 1/31, 6:00-7:00, Grad Lounge: HEP experiment and Accelerator physics
    • Thursday 1/31, 7:00-8:00, Grad Lounge: HEP theory and Astro theory

  • Winter Break

    Posted November 28, 2012, by Robin Bjorkquist

    The last coffee hour for the year will be Thursday, December 13. We will resume PGS activities with coffee hour on Thursday, January 10. Happy Winter, everyone!

  • More Fellowship Essay Help

    Posted November 6, 2012, by Robin Bjorkquist

    Still working on your fellowship essays? PGS is hosting one more essay-editing session: Sunday November 11, 3:00 to 6:00 pm in the grad lounge.

  • Fellowship Essay Help

    Posted October 21, 2012, by Robin Bjorkquist

    Attention fellowship applicants: We're having drop-in essay editing Tuesday evening in the grad lounge. Stop by any time between 6:00 and 9:00. Snacks will be provided. We're planning a second session for Saturday, November 3.

  • Movie Night

    Posted October 21, 2012, by Robin Bjorkquist

    Our next movie night will be Wednesday, October 24 (details: 7:00 pm in Rockefeller 230). Take a study break and join us! Next month, movie night will be on Wednesday, November 28.

  • Fellowship Help Session

    Posted October 2, 2012, by Robin Bjorkquist

    Applying for fellowships this year? PGS is hosting a fellowship help session! Wednesday October 3, 5:30 pm, 701 Clark. We will have a Q&A session with experienced fellowship applicants, followed by time for informal conversation. Dinner will be provided. Bring your questions about applying for fellowships. Bring essay drafts if you have them.

  • Website Update

    Posted Septebmer 1, 2012, by Robin Bjorkquist

    We're working on bringing the PGS website up to date. Let us know if find any problems with the website, or have any suggestions for additional content.

Old Announcements

  • Orientation Pictures

    Posted February 27, 2012, by Nathan Mirman

    Have a look at these photos from the 1st-year orientation in August!

  • Truth Week

    Posted February 6, 2012, by Nathan Mirman

    For first and second years!

    It is Spring Semester, which means it's time for you to figure out what you're doing with your summers (aka Operation FIND A RESEARCH GROUP). To help you in this endeavor, PGS has organized lab tours and meet-ups with the older and wiser grad students of the department. We hope you'll find this useful - and if nothing else, there's free pizza on Thursday.

    Here's the low-down:

    • Condensed Matter and Biophysics: Tuesday, February 7 (tomorrow!), 5:30 pm, PSB Atrium
    • Accelerator, High Energy, and Astrophysics: Wednesday, February 8, 5:30 pm, PSB Atrium
    • General Advice/Discussion Over Pizza: Thursday, February 9, 6:30 pm, 701 Clark

  • Summer Events

    Posted June 14, 2010, by Curran Muhlberger

    The undergrads may be gone, but PGS is still here and active! Here’s a preview of what’s in store for summer 2010:

    • Coffee Hour moving to Wednesdays at 3:00 PM
    • Hiking trip June 20
    • Interdisciplinary cookout June 27 (Stewart Park, 5:00 PM)
    • More to come!

  • 2010 Election

    Posted April 16, 2010, by Curran Muhlberger

    The results are in! As voted by you at our annual general meeting, our new officers are:

    • President: Zach Lamberty
    • Vice President: Nik Zhelev
    • Communications Officer: Curran Muhlberger
    • Treasurer: Shivam Ghosh

    We also re-elected Jolyon Bloomfield and Chen Li as our representatives to the GPSA.

  • General Meeting

    Posted April 13, 2010, by Curran Muhlberger

    On Friday, April 16, 2010, at 1:30 PM, the PGS will hold its annual general meeting with the purpose of electing officers for next year. And there will be free ice cream from the dairy as well!

    If you would like to run for an officer position, please talk to the current officer to get a description of your duties. Positions include president, vice president, communications officer, treasurer, and GPSA representative. Even if you can’t make the meeting, you can still run by sending us an e-mail with your “campaign speech.” Hope to see you all there!

  • Pictures A-Plenty

    Posted January 26, 2010, by Curran Muhlberger

    Have a look at these photos from recent PGS events!

  • Updates Galore

    Posted October 1, 2009, by Curran Muhlberger

    Welcome to the newly redesigned PGS website! By now nearly all of our pages have been migrated to the new look, and more importantly, their links have been fixed and their information has been updated. PGS will be bringing back some favorite events from the past this semester, including lab tours, “truth sessions”, and movie nights, so keep your eye on our calendar and check your e-mail often. Also be on the lookout for a brand new “Tips & Tricks” section on our website, coming this winter.

  • New Website

    Posted June 6, 2009, by Curran Muhlberger

    Another year, another new communications officer, and another redesign of the PGS website. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. I am updating each page one-by-one, so the process may take some time. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Summer Coffee Hour

    May 21, 2009

    PGS will continue to host Coffee Hour throughout the summer at 3:00 PM on Thursdays. Due to the construction, it will be held in B2 Rockefeller Hall (the undergraduate physics lounge).

  • Summer Kickoff Cookout

    May 6, 2009
    • What: Summer Kick-off Kick Ball and Cook out
    • When: Wednesday, May 13, at 3:00 PM
    • Where: Stewart Park
  • Election Results

    April 8, 2009

    This afternoon we held elections for the PGS. We would like the chance to introduce you all to the new PGS administration. Our new officers are:

    • President: Lauren Aycock
    • VP Activities: Zach Lamberty
    • VP Communications: Curran Muhlberger
    • Treasurer: Gala Nicolas Kaufman

    We also elected Jolyon Bloomfield to be the physics representative on the GPSA Council of Representatives.