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December 15, 2015 | Issue 71

The SPS Observer Fall 2015 Issue

SPS Jobs hired stampEpic Physics Fails

SPS wants to know: What’s your most epic physics fail? Write to us in 100 words or less for a chance to have your story featured in the next issue of The SPS Observer! Share your story.

Science Driving Innovation

The Fall issue of The SPS Observer hits mailboxes this week. The theme of the 2016 Quadrennial Physics Congress, Science Driving Innovation, is highlighted. Check out the article on investing in research by new AIP CEO, Robert G.W. Brown.

Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Award Proposals Due TODAY!!!

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 TODAY (Dec. 15)!

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. Special scholarships are available for leadership, financial need, two-year college attendees, future teachers, and students from groups that are underrepresented in physics and engineering. Get more information and apply. Hang this flyer in your department as a reminder!

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.

SPS Internship Positions Added

Looking for a fun and rewarding summer experience? SPS Internship position descriptions are available online. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2016!

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!

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.

Spring 2016 Zone Meetings

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.

Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

American Astronomical Society (AAS) 227th Meeting — January 4-8

Join the AAS in Kissimmee, Florida in January. Late registration ends TODAY for the 227th Meeting. If you attend, be sure to check out the Undergraduate Orientation Reception on Monday the 4th. Get more information.

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 open for the AAPT Winter Meeting in New Orleans, LA in January 2016. 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

Register now for the APS March Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Make sure to reference "25.1: Undergraduate Research/Society of Physics Students Abstracts" when submitting. Get more information.

American Physical Society (APS) April Meeting — April 16-19

Registration is open 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. Get more information.

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!

SPS Jobs hired stampResearch Experiences for Undergraduates in Renewable Energy – Colorado School of Mines
Penn State REU in Interdisciplinary Materials Physics – Penn State Physics Department REU
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (MRSEC REU) – University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
As always, you can register and sign up for job alerts to find your perfect fit.

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
Tel: 301-209-3013
Email: sbentley@aip.org
Web: spsnational.org

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