Happy New Year from SPS!
SPS Wishes Everyone a Happy New Year. 2016 promises to be a busy year with many zone meetings already planned and the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon) set for Nov. 3-5 in Silicon Valley, CA.
THANK YOU to everyone who helped us by taking the 2015 SPS membership survey.
SPS National Council Nominations are Open
The SPS National Council is the main governing body for the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma. The Council is composed of an elected faculty zone councilor (ZC) and an elected student associate zone councilor (AZC) from each of the 18 zones, and an elected council president and Sigma Pi Sigma president.
Nominations for SPS Zone Councilors for Zones 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, and 17 (three-year terms); Associate Zone Councilors for all 18 Zones (one-year terms); and the office of Sigma Pi Sigma President (two-year term) are now being accepted. Submit nominations now!
SPS Internships — Deadline February 1!
Looking for a fun and rewarding summer experience? SPS Internship position descriptions are available online. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2016!
Just Added: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 2 positions available.
Get Money for School: Apply for SPS Scholarships!
Applications due February 15. Each year, several SPS members are recognized with SPS scholarships for their academic achievement and SPS participation. Get more information and apply. Hang this flyer in your department as a reminder!
NOTE: SPS is offering a new scholarship in 2016, The Aysen Tunca Memorial Scholarship, established by Aysen's son Tunay and his wife, Catherine, to recognize a female undergraduate student majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field, excelling in her studies, and demonstrating significant potential.
Are you ready to SOCK?! Free Outreach Kit for Chapters
Kick start your chapter’s outreach events with the 2015-16 Science Outreach Catalyst Kit (SOCK). The SOCK is free and explores the physics of sound through eight engaging demos and activities that can be used in a variety of settings. Share the wonders of acoustics with Boomwhackers, a full set of tuning forks, make-your-own instruments, and much more! The SOCK comes full of supplies and lesson plans. Only 25 SOCKs are available. Learn more and request yours today.
Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome
American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting, March 14-18
Register now for the APS March Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Get more information.
American Physical Society (APS) April Meeting, April 16-19
Register now for the APS April Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. Get more information.
For a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings and deadlines, visit the SPS calendar.
Attending a conference? SPS members attending and reporting on professional physics meetings, including the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics, are eligible to receive $200 in travel reimbursement. Applications are always being accepted. Apply Now!
Presenting your work at an upcoming conference?
SPS members presenting original work at a national AIP member society physics meeting are eligible to receive $200 in funding. A limited number of awards will be offered. Apply Today!
SPS Featured JOBS! New Summer Opportunities for Undergrads!
Undergraduate Research in Physics – University of Arkansas
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) – Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
As always, you can register and sign up for job alerts to find your perfect fit.
Nuclear Science Summer School
Michigan State University will be hosting the 1st Nuclear Science Summer School (NS3). NS3 is a summer school for undergraduate students that aims to introduce the participants to the field of nuclear science. NS3 will offer lectures and hands-on activities covering selected nuclear science topics and providing an overview of the field. The school activities will take place at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) and will include lectures by local and visiting researchers, nuclear physics labs, a tour of the facility, discussions with graduate students and faculty, and social events. NS3 will take place on May 16-21st, 2016 on the campus of Michigan State University. Participation to the school is funded by the National Science Foundation and NSCL. Local expenses and limited travel support will be covered by the school. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2016.
It has been my pleasure to serve as SPS Director. As I prepare to return to academia this spring, I am happy to announce that Daniel Golombek will be Acting Director of SPS starting January 18.
Sean Bentley, PhD
Director, Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
American Institute of Physics, Education Division
1 Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD, 20740
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