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Interested in physics? Email our Secretary, Stephen Snare (, about joining the SPS mailing list!

Fall 2022 weekly meetings: Tuesdays, 5p-6p in Phillips Hall Room 277.

For more information…

  • Contact our President, Ravi Pitelka (
  • Find us on facebook.
  • Join the listserv ‘uncsps’.
    • Email our Secretary, Stephen Snare (, to be added.


SPS Outreach Committee

The SPS Select Committee on Outreach is a student-led initiative to bolster the SPS outreach effort and properly support the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s outreach initiatives. If you are interested in joining this committee, make sure to join the SPS mailing list and keep an eye out for committee position openings.

The SPS Constitution

The rules, rights, and guidelines of the Society of Physics Students.


SPS Executive Board


Vice President


Ravi Pitelka (he/him)

  • Physics B.S., Math B. A.
  • Class of 2023
  • Research/Career Interests: Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics; Neutrinos and Fundamental Symmetries. Currently applying to PhD programs.
  • Hi everyone, my name is Ravi Pitelka (he/him) and I’m a senior from Chapel Hill. My hobbies include gaming, hiking, and reading, and I love pets of all kinds! I’m very excited to be serving as president this year, and I can’t wait to meet all of you. Stop by our room, Phillips 245, to say hi!
  • Email:




Vimal Palanivelrajan


  • Physics B.S, Mathematics B.S
  • Class of 2024
  • Research/Career Interests: Theoretical Particle Physics (Beyond the Standard Model), Mathematical Physics, Fundamental Symmetries, Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Hey folks! My name is Vimal and I’m a junior from Chennai, India, deeply interested in exploring the mysteries of physical and abstract worlds through Physics, Mathematics, and Philosophy. If I’m not doing this, I’m probably playing the bass or some other instrument, watching and studying film, reading, bowling or petting animals. I have a great passion for listening so if you want to tell me about your interests or if there’s anything I might be able to help you with, please reach out to me!
  • Email:





Stephen Snare


  • Physics B.S., Math B.A.
  • Class of 2025
  • Research/Career Interests: Particle physics is currently the field of physics that interests me most, but that could definitely change as I go further in my physics education. I’m hoping to eventually get my PhD in something physics related, but we shall see what that something ends up being.
  • Hey everyone! My name is Stephen Snare, and I am the secretary for SPS for the 2022-2023 school year. I love animals and listening to and playing music and I also love talking about/learning about physics and math. I hope to get to know all of you throughout the school year, so please feel free to come up to me and introduce yourself! You can often find me doing work in the SPS room in Phillips hall so if you see me, come say hi!!
  • Email:

Logan Selph


  • Astrophysics Major, Currently Music Minor but prob gonna switch to math minor
  • Class of 2024
  • Research/Career Interests: Interested in Astrophysics research particularly gravitational waves and exoplanets
  • Hello Everyone! My name is Logan, but all of my friends call me Log! I’m a junior from Leland, NC and I love death metal, playing the bass, unnecessarily difficult video games, space, amateur radio, and probably many other things! I also like meeting and talking to new people, so feel free to reach out to me if you have questions  or just want to talk.  I almost always have a MTG deck on me too, just in case anyone is brave enough to challenge me. I’m super excited  to meet everyone this year!
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Outreach Coordinator

Events Coordinator


Abbey Dunnigan (she/her)

  • Astrophysics B.S.
  • Class of 2024
  • Research/Career Interests: Galaxy environments, planetary interiors
  • Hi! My name is Abbey and I’m from Greenville, NC. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I enjoy reading (especially sci-fi books), cooking, spending time outside, and I love all things space related. Outside of physics I play the trumpet in the marching band!
  • Email:

Em Chittenden (they/them)

  • Physics B.S. (Astrophysics Option)
  • Class of 2024
  • Research/Career Interests: Galaxy Evolution and Theoretical Cosmology
  • Hello, I’m Em and my pronouns are they/them! I’m a junior from Charlotte, NC. I like to play video games, draw, and bake in my spare time. I’m looking forward to meeting you all, so feel free to reach out!
  • Email:


Room Manager


Gary Zhang (he/him)

  • Physics (1st major), linguistics (2nd major), data science (minor)
  • Class of 2023
  • Research Interests: Research interests in acoustics, astronomy, and cognitive science; Career goal: public education
  • I’m Gary, and I’m a rising senior from Indiana! Outside of classes, you can often spot me doing science outreach, doodling, or playing the piano. It’s always wonderful to get to know new people who are interested in physics, and I’m excited to serve as the SPS room manager this year!
  • Email: