Annual Meeting

2022 Annual Meeting of the APS Mid-Atlantic Section

December 2nd – 4th, 2022

The Executive Committee of the APS Mid-Atlantic Section (MAS) is pleased to announce that the Section will be holding its annual meeting MAS22 fully in-person on the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University from December 2 to 4, 2022. If the meeting must move online due to unforeseeable causes, we will do our best to send out notice two weeks prior.

Established in 2013, the objective of APS MAS is to engage and strengthen the physics community in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, as well as to aid APS in its mission to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics at the regional level. The section serves the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Graduate and undergraduate students are especially welcome and encouraged to attend and submit an abstract for presentation. The meeting includes plenary and parallel sessions covering a broad range of current topics in physics research, a student poster session, and a graduate program fair.


Registration for the meeting is now open. The early registration period ends Friday, November 18 at 11:59 PM. Thereafter the regular rates apply. The regular registration will close on Tuesday, November 29 at 11:59 PM.

The on-site registration is NOT available. If you plan to attend MAS22, DO register before it closes.

Note that you MUST register to present at the MAS22 Meeting.

Please read thoroughly the Penn State Covid-19 guidelines and acknowledgements of risk to ensure full compliance before visiting our University Park campus.


Registration Fees are:




Regular Members






Senior Member/Retired Members



Early Career/Post Doc Members



Grad students



Undergrad students



Non-members can join APS at the same time they register. All registration forms and membership forms must arrive together and be accompanied by full payment.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student and not yet a member of APS, it may be free to join. Please join at before registering for the meeting. Joining APS has many benefits, including a subscription to Physics Today.  Be sure to check the box for the Mid-Atlantic Section!


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE has been extended to Friday, November 11 at 11:59 pm.

We are asking for abstracts in all areas of physics and physics education. Please share your research by contributing an oral or a poster presentation.

Submit Here


Note that you MUST register to present at the MAS22 Meeting. 


Oral speakers will present live to an in-person audience. Prepare a graphically rich presentation of your research, highlighting both the main points and the most interesting details. 

Allotted times for 

o contributed talks are 12 minutes (10 minutes to present and 2 minutes for Q&A).
o invited talks are 36 minutes (30 minutes to present and 6 minutes for Q&A).
o plenary talks are 60 minutes (50 minutes to present and 10 minutes for Q&A).

Bring your device and media files (as a backup) to the assigned meeting room. Arrive 10 minutes before your session starts and test the presentation on the projector if possible. 

Follow the directions of the session chair and adhere to your allotted time strictly. Practice beforehand to ensure a smooth and timely delivery of your presentation. Prepare to answer short questions from the audience as moderated by the session chair.


Each poster must have a presenter. Posters should be no larger than 42” W x 36” H. Presenters must set up poster on the assigned board at least 60 minutes prior to the start of the poster session, and for the duration of the poster session. Poster presenters need to prepare a 5-min talk to help attendees navigate the presented work. Poster presenters are required to stand by the poster during the scheduled poster session to answer questions from attendees. Presenters may remove their posters immediately after the poster session or leave them there for further display as according to the instructions of the meeting organizer. 


Meeting Locations

Plenary session on Friday (2:30 pm to 4:50 pm)
HUB-Robeson Center

Parallel Sessions on Friday (5 pm to 7 pm)
Thomas Building

Parallel Sessions on Saturday (8:30 am to 4 pm) and Sunday (8:30 am to 1 pm)
Osmond Lab

Poster Session and Graduate Recruitment on Saturday (4 pm to 6 pm)
Huck Life Science Bld.
3rd floor bridge

Meeting Parking

Penn State Transportation Services offer multiple visitor parking locations across campus that can be found here. The best options for MAS22 are the HUB Deck and East Deck.

Hotels Nearby

We have block reservations at:

  • Hyatt Place State College, 219 West Beaver Avenue, State College PA, 16801

Reservations can be made by either calling Central Reservations at 1-888-492-8847 and referencing the group name (APS Section Meeting) in addition to the code G-APSS or going online at When booking online, you will need to type in group code G-APSS to ensure that you receive the group discount under the “ Corporate or Group Code ” option from the drop-down menu (which is listed as the last one) beneath the dates.

Individual reservations do not go through Hyatt Sales, so please use the phone number above or the website for booking.

The cutoff date for booking reservations is November 18, 2022.

  • Super 8 Penn State, 1663 S Atherton St, State College, PA 16801

Booking URL =
Group Code = 120222PEN

Blocked rooms will be released on November 18, 2022.

Other hotels in the area include:


You may find the full scientific program of MAS22 on the APS website. 

Scientific Program


 Session Index


     Invited Speakers


      The deadline of application is November 18, 2022.
      The selected awardees will be notified by November 25, 2022.

      The MAS22 Meeting Committee is offering a limited number of student travel awards to support student participation at the Pennsylvania State University. The awardees will be selected on the basis of the quality of their work as evidenced by the submitted abstracts, the justification of the needs, and the letter of support from their advisors. The amount of award will be estimated from the travel distances and the nights of stay with the maximum amount set at $250.

      Students who are eligible to apply for the travel award must
      (i) be the first author of the oral or poster presentation; (ii) present their research in person at MAS22; (iii) justify why the travel support is needed for attending MAS22.

      Please note that ONLY ONE application is allowed from each advisor.

      In the letter of support, the advisor must state
      (i) the applicant is in good standing as an undergraduate or a graduate researcher; (ii) why the travel support is needed; (iii) how the attendance of MAS22 will benefit the applicant’s academic goals.

      To apply>>>
      Complete the form below and email as an attachment to Qi Lu by November 18, 2022.
      MAS 2022 Student Travel Award Application

      Attendees of any APS in-person or virtual events are expected to meet standards of professional conduct as described in the APS Code of Conduct. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from future participation.