We are sending this information because either: a) you are listed in our database as the Faculty Advisor for your Sigma Pi Sigma (ΣΠΣ) chapter or b) you serve in a leadership capacity within the department (e.g. chair, SPS Advisor, mentor, etc.). If you are no longer the Sigma Pi Sigma Advisor for your chapter, please email us or call 301-209-3007 to let us know about any new advisors and we’ll update our records.
As you know, being the Sigma Pi Sigma advisor means mentoring and guiding young physics and astronomy students. It’s an honor and a responsibility. We are grateful for both your commitment to the community and willingness to support student accomplishments. Our society is only as strong as its members, so I sincerely thank you for your dedication of time, attention, and energy to the important task of inducting new members.
Spring is the time when many of our chapters are preparing for induction ceremonies. On our website, you will find a number of tools and resources to help you with the induction process. In particular, we’d like to bring your attention to two updated files:
- For 2017, we have an updated guide for inductions. This guide contains important information on how to use the My Honor Society online induction system to facilitate the welcoming of new members into Sigma Pi Sigma. Within the system, you can send invitations, track historical members, order supplies, and message your members.
- We have also updated the induction ceremony powerpoint. This file is editable and may be customized with information unique to your school and chapter.
Maintaining accurate records is critical for the Sigma Pi Sigma national office as we provide benefits to our members, including Radiations magazine and a complementary year of SPS membership. Up-to-date contact information also allows us to connect with members for opportunities for networking, mentoring, professional development, and special events like the Physics Congress (PhysCon). Please be sure to use the My Honor Society system to support this process.
Sigma Pi Sigma leadership and the National Office staff are eager to work with you to plan your induction ceremonies and support our newest members. If you are seeking a guest speaker to support your event, please let us know and we will do our best to assist you.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at the numbers/email listed below. We are here to serve you and the broader Sigma Pi Sigma community.
Brad R. Conrad, Ph.D.
Director of the Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma