Physics Circle

Metro Vancouver Physics Circle is back.

The Physics Circle is an outreach program catering to motivated and advanced high school students in physics. The Circle will consist of 2-hour sessions on Thursdays (from 5:00-7:15 PM), happening every 2-3 weeks, and will be held on the UBC Vancouver Campus. Each session has two parts:

* Part 1: UBC Physics & Astronomy professors will give lectures on advanced physics topics, including sharing some of their research.

* Part 2: Participating students will be given challenging problem sets to solve; this can prepare students for physics contests such as the CAP Prize Exam and the Sir Isaac Newton Exam.

A one-time $10 registration fee is collected at the first session to cover the cost of running the sessions and offering pizzas for participating students and volunteers. Requests can be submitted to have the fee waived.

Upcoming sessions:

January 24, 2019 – Dr. Mark Van Raamsdonk (Theoretical Physics: Quantum Gravity)

Location – Room HENN 304, Hennings Building at 6224 Agricultural Rd, Vancouver V6T 1Z1

January 31, 2019 – TBA

Location – Room HENN 202, Hennings Building at 6224 Agricultural Rd, Vancouver V6T 1Z1

For more information or to register, visit:

Metro Vancouver Physics Circle

UBC Engineering Physics high school info session – Sunday January 20th

UBC’s Engineering Physics program is one of the top engineering programs in Canada. With a formidable combination of scientific training, engineering experience, and practical hands-on skills, our graduates play leading roles in the most interesting and exciting industries and fields of scientific research in Canada and around the world:

Artificial intelligence and machine learning
Clean energy
UAVs, drones, aerospace
Quantum computing

Engineering Physics is a very challenging program and should appeal to students with a strong interest and ability in mathematics and sciences.
Please join us on Sunday January 20th for tours of UBC labs, a talk by the program director, and a chance to meet our students and see some of their projects.

Register here to attend

When: Sunday, January 20th, 2018.

Doors: 10:30 am
Tour – group 1: 11:00 am
Lunch: 12:00 pm
Keynote presentation (1 hour): 1:00 pm
Tour – group 2: 2:30 pm
End: 4:00 pm

Where: Forest Sciences Center, UBC. 2424 Main Mall.

Discover Physics @ SFU Workshop for Grades 11 & 12

The Department of Physics at Simon Fraser University is pleased to invite students in grades 11 and 12 to our “Discover Physics @SFU” workshop on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Burnaby campus.

This FREE workshop includes research talks by SFU Physics professors, research lab tours, a tour of the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard and a session on “What Can You Do With a Physics Degree?”. A pizza lunch will be provided.

For more info and to register just go to the “Discover Physics @SFU” website:

Workshop Schedule (Room P9412)

10:15-10:30 Registration & Snacks
10:30-10:45 Welcome & Learn About SFU Physics
10:45-11:15 Research talk
11:15-12:45 Lab tours
12:45-1:15 FREE Pizza Lunch
1:15-2:00 Observatory & Science Courtyard tour
2:00-2:30 “What Can You Do With a Physics Degree?”

Withdrawals from Courses at Lord Byng

A student may withdraw from a course by obtaining the necessary permissions. Withdrawal from a course is granted by permission from the teacher, the counsellor, the parent and the Principal. Withdrawal from a course before the end of the first week in October may be granted with no record of withdrawal. Any withdrawal from a course after the end of the first week in October will result in a “W” (for “Withdrawn”) on the school records. Therefore, all Grade 12 post-secondary related submissions of school recorded marks up to but not including Ministry Issued Final Transcript of Grades will have a “W” recorded. The Ministry of Education Transcript of Grades issued after the student finishes high school will not have any record of the “W” mark.

STEM Careers eMentoring Program

eMentoring is a free 8-week program that pairs girls in high schools across BC with female role models in science, tech, engineering and math careers.Students and their mentors are sent weekly discussion questions, covering topics such as their career path, post-secondary life, work environments, finances, work/life balance, and what to do with your degree.

Although women make up over half the population, they are a small minority of the professionals in math, science, engineering and technology careers. The reasons for under representation of women are complex, but one strong factor is that young women lack the necessary role models and encouragement to pursue the required education. With eMentoring, we hope to empower girls towards a future in STEM.

Next session: October 7-November 30, 2018
Applications due October 3

Email for information and application forms.


UBC Physics Summer Camp: Volunteer Opportunity

The Phenomenal Physics Summer Camp is an annual summer camp program run by UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy. Camp participants engage in fun scientific activities designed to encourage thinking and experimenting. In the past, they have experimented with electricity, designed hovercrafts, constructed Martian habitats, conducted chemistry experiments and played with tornado tubes and musical instruments. Our goal is to stimulate the minds of these young scientists, and inspire them to explore science further in the future.

Volunteers are expected to commit to at least one week of volunteering for our summer camp program (Volunteer hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm, two-week commitment preferred). All volunteers are required to attend a training day prior to volunteering. Volunteers will be supervised by the summer camp teachers and camp leaders (UBC undergraduate students). Responsibilities of volunteers include:

assisting camp teachers and camp leaders in running camp activities
setting up before activities and cleaning up after activities
interacting with and supervising campers
helping maintain a safe and positive camp environment at all times

Physics Opportunity – ATLAS Masterclass

Masterclass is an event that invites students to explore leading research institutes
and help unravel the world of particle physics. Students have the opportunity to
attend lectures by active scientists, tour research facilities, perform measurements
on real data from the ATLAS project, and participate in live video conferences to
share their results. For more information about the event, click here To learn more
about ATLAS, one of CERN’s Large Hadron Collider detectors,

This year’s ATLAS Masterclass will occur on Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at two different
locations: SFU and TRIUMF. The event is available for grade 10, 11, and 12 students.
It is free to participate in the ATLAS Masterclass, however there are limited spots
available at each location. Registration is now open.