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SPS News - Issue 158: August 20, 2019

Important Dates for SPS Awards & Programs 


September 3 – Fall Award Applications Open

November 1 – SPS Summer Internship Application Open

December 2 – Fall Award Applications Deadline



January 2 – SPS Scholarship and Spring Award Applications Open

January 15 – SPS Summer Internship Deadline



March 15 – SPS Scholarship and Spring Award Applications Deadline

April 15 – Journal of Undergraduate Reports in Physics (JURP) Submission Deadline



June 15 – Annual Chapter Reports Due


Ongoing Opportunities

(NEW) SPS Outstanding Service Award



For a Suggested Chapter Activity Timeline (Zone Meetings, Local Outreach, National meetings, Social Gatherings) - Refer to pg. 20 in the Information Handbook

Science Outreach Catalyst Kits (SOCK) 

If your chapter wants a FREE outreach demo, apply for a SOCK now! Applications for SOCKs are open and kits are ready to ship, only 100 SOCKs will be available on a first-come first-serve basis! This year’s SOCK includes materials to perform Cakeraters, a demo where students can recreate the moment falling space rocks collide with the surface of planets and moons to create impact craters which can be found all over our solar system.


There are also new low-cost demonstrations featured on the SPS website. These demos are fully comprehensive and include: cost of demo, age of audience, presenter notes, and short videos to help you get started. If your chapter has any outreach demonstrations to contribute, contact us at

Don’t Forget These Important PhysCon Deadlines!

We’re about 3 months away from #PhysCon2019, the largest gathering of undergraduate physics students in the world! Make sure you’re aware of these important upcoming deadlines:


Keep a Look Out for the Fall Mailer

The 2019 Fall Mailer is on its way to your advisor’s mailbox! In addition to the newly revised SPS Information Handbook, you will be able find the SPS statement on diversity and inclusivity, program resources, and an abundance of opportunities to look forward to!

Request Alumni for Your Event

Through the Alumni Engagement Program, you and your chapter can engage with alumni for career advice, mentorship, job shadowing opportunities, or to schedule an in-person or virtual speaker for your next chapter or zone meeting! You can browse profiles within the alumni database and filter based on geography, engagement level, discipline, and job sector. Once you’ve selected an alum, simply click “Request this Alum” and fill out the required fields within their profile to connect with them. The Alumni Engagement Program is a great resource to consider for planning chapter activities and to keep in your arsenal of career and professional development tools.


You can learn more about the Alumni Engagement program here. If you know of any alumni who may be interested in joining this program, request that they fill out the Join the Alumni Engagement form.


A Guide to Choosing the Right Grad Program

Choosing the right graduate school can be stressful. The key is to figure out what your preferences are and what a certain program can offer you. Factors such as the location of the school, department culture, financial options, and advisers are important to reflect upon when choosing the right grad program. GradSchoolShopper can help by providing you this Grad School Road Map! Adapted from the Winter 2018 edition of the SPS Observer, you can use this to better guide you during your journey in picking the right grad school.

Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

OSA FiO/LS, September 15-19

Registration is open until August 19 for the Optical Society Frontiers in Optics & Laser Science Conference in Washington, D.C. Conference info is located here.


AVS 66th Int’l Symposium & Exhibit, October 20-25

Abstract submission is open until August 15 for the AVS 66th International Symposium & Exhibition in Columbus, OH. Conference info is located here.


PhysCon 2019, November 14-16

Abstract submission is open until October 11 for #PhysCon2019 in Providence, RI. Conference info is located here.


SPS offers Travel Awards of $200 to members presenting their research at AIP member society meetings. A limited number of awards will be offered. Apply Today!


SPS members attending and reporting on professional physics meetings are eligible to receive a $200 Reporter Award. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Now!

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