Dear Sigma Pi Sigma Member,
It is an honor to write you as the new Director of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma because I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today without your support. SPS was both the foundation and highlight of my undergraduate education. It provided me with a sense of community and a home away from home. SPS was the reason I stayed in school, was inducted in Sigma Pi Sigma and completed my doctorate in physics. Now it is my goal to provide that same sense of belonging and encouragement to all undergraduate students with an interest in physics. You can read a little more about me here.
I wanted to take this time to share with you some of the activities within our global community. This year we have given over 25 scholarships totaling more than $45,000. For Summer 2016, we sponsored 12 interns in and around the DC area at places like NASA, NIST, Capitol Hill, and within the American Center for Physics. You can read some of their journal posts about guiding science policy in the U.S., enhancing the outreach for AIP History, or spectroscopy research at NIST. We’ve opened new SPS and ΣΠΣ chapters in places like University of Washington Bothell, University of Tennessee at Martin, and Portland Community College. We’ve also continued to publish The SPS Observer and Radiations to keep you and the next generation of physicists on the cutting edge of education and technology.
One of my first priorities as Director is to assure that every interested student has the opportunity to attend the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress (PhysCon) this November. PhysCon is directly supported and organized by ΣΠΣ and this year we expect a record number of participants. The PhysCon planning committee has prepared an incredible program. Attendees will engage in three days of events, immersing themselves in the conference theme “Unifying Fields: Science Driving Innovation.” Students are already submitting abstracts for their research and signing up for tours of NASA Ames, Google, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. They are reading about speakers Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Eric Cornell, Persis Drell, S. James Gates, Neil Turok, and Patrick Brady, and preparing to attend workshops designed to enhance their future careers.
We’ve already hit the ground running toward our goal with last spring’s Pi Day fundraiser: your generosity added over $18,000 to the SPS Student Travel Fund. But, the work is not done to meet the needs of the 1,200 attendees we anticipate.
We now need your support to help students attend this extraordinary meeting. Please help us get as many students as possible to PhysCon by making a donation.
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All of your contributions go directly toward supporting students and are tax deductible. Together we can send the next generation of scientists to an event that can change their lives.
Brad Conrad Director
Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma
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