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Spring 2016 Zone Meetings Announced!!
Is there an SPS zone meeting happening in your zone? There are currently Spring 2016 SPS Zone meetings planned at Hampton University in Hampton, VA (Zone 4), the University of Central Arkansas (Zone 10), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD (Zone 11), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL (Zone 6). Visit our SPS Zone Meetings page to get more information on these meetings and how to host a meeting in your zone, or check our calendar.
Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Award Proposals Due December 15!!!
Get up to $500 for your Sigma Pi Sigma chapter activities!Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Awards are offered to Sigma Pi Sigma chapters for funding of chapter inductions and events that aim to engage alumni or expand the recognition of Sigma Pi Sigma within the campus and surrounding community. The deadline for proposals is Dec. 15!
Are you ready to SOCK?! Free Outreach Kit for Chapters
Kick start your chapter’s outreach events with a free SPS SOCK! The 2015-16 Science Outreach Catalyst Kit 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. For details, visit the SPS website. Only 25 SOCKs are available, so request yours today.
Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome
American Astronomical Society (AAS) 227th Meeting — January 4-8
American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting 2016 — January 9-12
Notice:Student volunteers needed for a major outreach effort on Tuesday morning.
Contact Sean Bentley for information. Registration is now open for the AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA in January 2016. Take advantage of the early bird rates until November 10. AAPT welcomes students to their meetings (at low cost) and many of the sessions and presentations are geared towards physics students. Get more information.
American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting — March 14-18
Abstract submissions are being accepted until November 6 for the APS March Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Make sure to reference "25.1: Undergraduate Research/Society of Physics Students Abstracts" when submitting. Register now.
American Physical Society (APS) April Meeting — April 16-19
Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the APS April Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. Abstracts will be accepted until January 8, 2016. Make sure to reference "N. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH including SPS (all topics)" when submitting. Register now.
For a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings and deadlines, visit the SPS calendar.
Going to a Meeting? Let Us Help With That!
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 Undergraduates!
APS Forum on Physics and Society - October Edition
The APS Forum on Physics and Society explores its history highlighting how topics of interest in science policy have evolved over the past forty years. Read it online now.
Participate in Pilot Testing of Energy Assessment Instruments
As part of a US Department of Education-funded project, AAAS Project 2061 is developing multiple-choice assessment instruments to measure students’ understanding of ideas about energy. We are currently recruiting teachers and professors willing to pilot test these instruments with their students in the winter of 2015-2016.
Students must be in 4th-12th grade or be undergraduate students.
The test may be administered online or in paper format.
The test should take no more than a single class period.
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
The American Institute of Physics is an organization of scientific societies in the physical sciences, representing scientists, engineers, and educators. AIP offers authoritative information, services, and expertise in physics education and student programs, science communication, government relations, career services for science and engineering professionals, statistical research in physics employment and education, industrial outreach, and the history of physics and allied fields. AIP publishes Physics Today, the most influential and closely followed magazine of the physics community, and is also home to the Society of Physics Students and the Niels Bohr Library and Archives. AIP owns AIP Publishing LLC, a scholarly publisher in the physical and related sciences.