Annual Meeting

2023 Annual Meeting of the APS Mid-Atlantic Section

November 3 – 5, 2023

The Executive Committee of the APS Mid-Atlantic Section (MAS) is pleased to announce that the Section will be holding its annual meeting MAS23 fully in-person on the campus of University of Delaware from November 3 to 5, 2023 starting 2:00pm on Friday, November 3.

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.

MAS23 Meeting Bulletin

MAS23 Meeting Report


The MAS meeting will take place in three buildings of the Main Campus of the University of Delaware (UD) in Newark DE:

  • Smith Hall, 18 Amstel Avenue (Get Directions): check-in (2 pm) and plenary session (3 pm) on Friday, Nov 03
  • Gore Hall, 114 The Green (Get Directions): all parallel sessions on all meeting days, between 5 pm, Friday, Nov 03 to 1 pm, Sunday, Nov 05
  • Harker ISE Lab, 221 Academy Street (Get Directions): poster session, Saturday Nov 04

UD Shuttle
UD operates a free bus shuttle with a few routes. The bus shuttle may be convenient for some participants to commute between their hotel and the meeting venues:

Closest Parking to Smith and Gore Hall is the Trabant University Center Garage or street parking if available.
Closest Parking to ISElab is the Perkins Student Center Garage or street parking if available.


Location Directions


Registration for the meeting has now closed.


The early registration period ends Friday, October 13 at 11:59 PM EDT. Thereafter the regular rates apply. The regular registration will close on Wednesday, October 25 at 11:59 PM EDT. This will be the last opportunity to register for attendance.

There will be no late registration, and on-site registrations will not be available. If you plan to attend MAS23, please register before it closes.

Note that you MUST register to present at the MAS23 Meeting.

Join APS as a Member Here.

Free first-year student membership

If you are an undergraduate or a graduate student but not yet a member of APS, the first-year membership is FREE. Please join the APS membership before registering for the meeting. Joining APS has many benefits, including a subscription to Physics Today as well as opportunities for leadership development, fellowship application, community engagement, etc. Be sure to check the box for the Mid-Atlantic Section!

Don't Have an APS Account? Click here

Registration Helpful Hints & Tips


Registration Questions: Please send registration inquiries to


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.


Abstract submission has closed on Wednesday, October 11.

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

Click here to access the full Contributed Abstract Guidelines.

Email to contact APS Abstract Help Line.


Note that you MUST register to present at the 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

  • Contributed talks are 12 minutes (10 minutes to present and 2 minutes for Q&A).
  • Invited talks are 36 minutes (30 minutes to present and 6 minutes for Q&A).
  • Plenary talks are 60 minutes (50 minutes to present and 10 minutes for Q&A).

Bring your slides in PDF or PPTX format on a flash drive. Arrive at least 15 minutes before your session starts and test the presentation on the meeting laptop. Inivted speakers (and others in exceptional cases) may use their own device if tested in advance with the projector in the room of the presentation.Only HDMI is available to connect your device; please bring an adapter if your device does not feature HDMI.

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 must be no larger than 42 inches (W) x 36 inches (H) (landscape format). 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.


Arriving via Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) or Philadelphia International (PHL) airports will be similarly convenient. PHL is approximately one hour north while BWI is about one hour and 15 minutes south of the I-95 exits to campus. Choose travel to/from the airport that best suits your flight times and finances.

Two train services are available to bring you to Delaware from PHL: SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) and Amtrak. Both rails arrive at the same station in Wilmington, DE, but have different costs. Amtrak train service runs full service to Wilmington, DE with limited service directly to Newark, DE.

For travel from the airports or train stations, we suggest Delaware Express – call 800.648.5466 or visit. Delaware Express' one-way shuttle from PHL ($45 without tip) is significantly less expensive than the shuttle from BWI ($138 WITH tip and tolls) due to their expanded fleet for the PHL-UD run. Mention that you are a UD student for an approximate 5% discount. You do not need to show an ID to get this discount.

There are several rental car companies located near campus: Hertz and Enterprise.

Uber and Lyft are also widely available in the area.

NEARBY (Things to do + Activities)

Newark is the third largest city in Delaware and home to the University of Delaware. Our award-winning downtown received the honor of becoming a Great American Main Street winner in 2011. We have over 17 miles of trails and 33 parks totaling over 650 acres of parkland that include the Newark Reservoir. The James F. Hall Trail is a part of the East Coast Greenway, a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard.

Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley are just a short distance from all points in the Mid-Atlantic region and minutes off the I-95 corridor. While we are close to so many – ideal for a quick weekend getaway – you will feel as if you have been transported to a different land. The rolling hills and magnificent estates of Chateau country recall the French countryside. The colonial hamlets, of Old New Castle and Historic Odessa, untouched by time, give you the feeling of an English country village. And our six grand gardens, all part of America's Garden Capital, encompass over 3,000 acres and lie within minutes of one another.

Meeting Parking

All parking lots and garages on campus utilize the Passport Parking App.

Hotels Nearby

Room blocks for meeting attendees were available at the following hotels, but expired Oct 13. Regular prices in these hotels can be high. More economic lodging options may be available in driving distance.

Courtyard by Marriott – University of Delaware,  

Embassy Suites by Hilton – Newark Wilmington South,  

Hyatt Place Newark/Main Streetand

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Newark Downtown.


MAS23 Meeting Bulletin 

2pm: Check-in in Smith Hall 120 (no on-site registration)
3pm: Plenary Talks in Smith Hall 120
5-7pm: Parallel Sessions in Gore Hall, ground floor
9am-4pm Parallel Sessions in Gore Hall, ground floor (with coffee and lunch breaks; lunch on your own)
4-6pm Poster session with snacks in Harker ISE Lab, ground floor
9am-1pm Parallel Sessions in Gore Hall, ground floor (with coffee break)

See above for building locations.

Scope of the Meeting

This regional APS meeting will cover all areas of physics, such as the latest advances in astrophysics and astroparticle physics, atomic and molecular and optical physics, biophysics, machine learning, solid-state physics, magnetism, quantum and 2D materials, physics education, and other subfields of physics. A more complete list is given by the sorting categories for abstract submission.

Contributions by physicists at all career levels are welcome, including graduate and undergraduate students. Participation is not restricted to the Mid-Atlantic region, and participants from other regions and countries are welcome. We especially welcome diversity among the meeting participants and encourage every person interested in physics to participate.

When submitting an abstract, please select a sorting category matching your area of research; select your preferred category in case your research topic could be considered for more than one category. 

Sorting Categories for Abstract Submission:
01.0 Solid state materials and Applied Physics (Semiconductors)
02.0 Magnetism and Spintronics
03.0 Superconductivity
04.0 Nanostructures and Thin Films
05.0 Focused Session on Quantum Materials
06.0 Polymer Physics and Soft Condensed Matter
07.0 Fluids
08.0 Chemical and Molecular Physics
09.0 Molecular and Cellular Biophysics
10.0 Biomaterials and Medical Engineering
11.0 Renewable Energy Research and Devices
12.0 Optical, Atomic, and Molecular Physics
13.0 Laser Physics, Imaging, and Remote Sensing
14.0 Astrophysics, Gravitational Physics, and Cosmology
15.0 Nuclear Physics
16.0 Space Physics, Plasma Physics, Solar-Terrestrial Physics, and Physics of Climate
17.0 High Energy and Particle Physics
18.0 Focused Session on Physics Educational Research, Policy, and Administration
19.0 Undergraduate and K-12 Research
20.0 Focus Session on Machine Learning in Physics




      Peter Armitage, Johns Hopkins University (plenary talk)

      Eun-Suk Seo, University of Maryland (plenary talk)

      Federica Bianco, University of Delaware

      Matthew Bobrowsky, Delaware State University

      Chitraleema Chakraborty, University of Delaware

      Biswajit Datta, City University of New York

      John D. Demaree, Army Research Laboratory

      Pratibha Dev, Howard University

      Addis Fuhr, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

      Anderson Janotti, University of Delaware

      Muge Karagoz, University of Maryland

      Jacek Klos, University of Maryland

      Yucheng Lan, Morgan State University

      Yue Li, Argonne National Laboratory

      Christina Love, Drexel University

      Jeff Martoff, Temple University

      Tatjana Miletic, Arcadia University

      Brandon J. Mitchell, West Chester University

      Mauro  Mugnai, Georgetown University

      Jim Napolitano, Temple University

      Chaoying Ni, University of Delaware

      Jesus Perez Rios, Stony Brook University

      Heather Prince, Rutgers University

      Ed Santilli, Thomas Jefferson University

      Steve Sclafani, University of Maryland

      Natalya Sheremetyeva, Pennsylvania State University

      Quang To, University of Delaware

      Sergei Urazhdin, Emory University

      Stephanie Wissel, Pennsylvania State University

      Kai Xiao, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

      Liping Yu, University of Central Florida

      Michael Zingale, Stony Brook University


        The deadline of application was October 20, 2023.
        The selected awardees have been notified.
        The MAS23 Travel Committee has reached decisions to offer a limited number of both student travel awards and early career awards to encourage participation of the meeting at University of Delaware. The awardees will be selected on the basis of the quality of the work as evidenced by the submitted abstracts and the justification of the needs.

        Student Travel Award

        The student travel award is in the amount of $300.
        Students who are eligible to apply for the travel award must:

        1. be the first author of the oral or poster presentation;
        2. present their research in person at MAS23;
        3. justify why the travel support is needed for attending MAS23.

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

        In the letter of support, the advisor must state:

        1. the applicant is in good standing as an undergraduate or a graduate researcher;
        2. why the travel support is needed;
        3. how the attendance of the annual meeting will benefit the applicant’s academic goals.
        To apply>>>
        Complete the form below and email as an attachment to Liangbo Liang (


        MAS 2023 Student Travel Award Application


        Early Career Travel Award

        The early career travel award is in the amount of $500.

        Eligibility for the Early Career Travel Award:

        1. received a PhD degree within the past 10 years;
        2. postdoctoral researcher or at the rank of Assistant Professor;
        3. present an invited talk at MAS23;
        4. justify why the travel support is needed for attending MAS23.
        To apply>>>
        Complete the form below and email with CV to Benjamin Jungfleisch (

        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.