Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Anacapa Society

Hat tip to Arjendu for pointing this out. The Anacapa Society is a national society that promotes and encourages research in computational and theoretical physics at primarily undergrad institutions. They've had a good relationship with the KITP at UCSB, and have just signed an agreement that gives them a real home at Amherst College. (I've had a soft spot for Amherst since back in the day when I was struggling to decide whether to do the tier-1 research route vs. the undergrad education trajectory.) The nice thing about promoting this kind of research is that, particularly on the computational side of things, well-prepared undergrads at smaller institutions can make real contributions to science without necessarily the expensive infrastructure required for some hardcore experimental areas.

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