The Physics and Astronomy Club (PAC)

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The physics is theoretical, but the fun is real.

Join us for nerdy gatherings, problem solving, lab tours, and stargazing trips!

Want to become a member?

1. Email [email protected] to become part of our listserve

2. Join us at our meetings (bi-weekly time TBD in Bios 276)

3. If you have Instagram account, follow our club account @CalStateLAPAC  (optional, we follow back)

A look into last semester....
  • October: Halloween Movie Night

Starship Troopers (1997) - IMDb


  • November: Joshua Tree BYOT (Bring Your Own Telescope) Trip
Dark Sky designation puts Joshua Tree National Park in a new light - Los  Angeles Times
  • December: Star Gazing on Campus
    Stargazing For Beginners | GEICO Living



Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 Officers!
Juliann Panehal 
Major: Physics & Astronomy
Year: Grad
Key Interest: Astrobiology
Hobbies outside of P&A: Travelling, Surfing, Fitness
Vice President
Franco Iglesias 
Major: Physics
Year: Grad
Key Interests: Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Graphene
Hobbies outside of P&A: Videogames, Skateboarding, Motorcycling
Crystal Xiong
Major: Physics
Year: Grad    
Key Interests: Mechanical Engineering 
Hobbies Outside of P&A: Reading, Walking
Jason Chen
Major: Biology
Year: Undergrad    
Key Interest: Microbiology
Hobbies Outside of P&A: Gardening & Binge Watching Television Shows
Jason Chen
Public Relations
Jelani Givens
Major: Physics
Year: Grad    
Key Interests: Gravitational, Black Hole, and Particle Research Plus Quantum Field Theory 
Hobbies Outside of P&A: Playing Video Games, Working Out, Going on Hikes



Our Advisor
Dr. Harry Themann
Key Interests: Experimental Elementary Particle Physics in Particular Hardware Design

Hobbies Outside of P&A: Classic Car Repair / Restore and Carpentry



Au Revoir 2021 Officers!
Christian A. Coronel
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
Year: Undergrad-Senior  
A photo of Christian A. Coronel wearing a blue shirt with his arms crossed against a natural background.
Vice President
Luis Valencia
Major: Physics
Year: Undergrad-Senior
A photograph of Luis Valencia wearing a hat and a black shirt holding a fish by a lake.
Jayden Butler
Major: Astrophysics
Year: Grad                       
A photograph of Jayden Butler wearing a hat, glasses, and headphones wearing a blue shirt with a black, white, and blue tie against a cream background.
Public Relations
Katherine A. Fong
Major: Physics
Minor: Asian American Studies
Year: Undergrad-Freshman
A photograph of Katherine Fong in a black shirt against a gray background.

Past events:

Spring 2021
  • March 11 2021: Physics Weekly Colloquium - Constraining Planet Formation with Directly Imaged Exoplanets
    • Dr. Quinn Konopacky of UC San Diego will be this week's speaker
  • March 14, 2021 : PAC Pi Day Scavenger Hunt submissions closes.
  • March 15, 2021 : PAC weekly meeting and commemorationg of Pi Day Winner
  • March 18, 2021: Physics Weekly Colloquium - Chaotic Self-Mixing in Active Liquid Crystals
    • Dr. Linda Hurst of UC Merced will be this week's speaker

Fall 2020

Physics and Astronomy Club Virtual Introduction - Friday, October 9th, 2020

A screenshot from Zoom for the Physics and Astronomy Club Virtual Introduction.
A screenshot from Zoom for the Physics and Astronomy Club Virtual Introduction.

The Road To Grad School - Friday, November 6th, 2020

A screenshot from the Zoom for The Road to Grad School.
A screenshot from Zoom for the Physics and Astronomy Club Virtual Introduction.

Connecting With The Graduate Resource Center - Friday, November 20th, 2020

The opening slide from the presentation for Connecting WIth The Graduate Resource Center.