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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Science B 605
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
Tel: (403) 220-5385

Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Tel: (403) 220-8127


Submitted by burnsc on Mon April 14, 2014 - 3:28pm

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There are many social activities within the department for undergraduate students, including those run by PASA, the main physics and astronomy student group, as well as the series of events sponsored each year by the department to encourage members to meet each other and get to know people from other research areas. These events include:

The PHAS Departmental Picnic

Held in mid-September each year, this event is held in one of the local area parks, weather permitting, and all department members and their families are welcome. With the department providing the KFC and the soft drinks, and the attendees bringing the salads, snacks, and desserts, there is always plenty of food. Entertainment usually includes soccer, football, frisbee, and the annual softball grudge match between the students and the faculty/staff. Clearly, our students have difficulty counting, as they frequently claim to have won the softball game!

The Annual Holiday Potluck

Held one noon hour during the week leading up to the December holiday break, the annual pot-luck is very popular with the faculty, staff, and students. Everyone is invited to bring an appetizer, salad, main dish, or dessert and show up for a couple of hours of conversation and holiday cheer to mark the end of the fall term.

The PHAS Christmas Dinner and Dance

Held in late November, with tickets going on sale in late October, the Christmas Dinner and Dance includes a full Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings, and a dance to follow. A great way for faculty and students to relax, have fun, and get to know each other before the end of term.

For full event details, see the Department Events page.