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SPS News Issue 174: April 14, 2020


National Council Voting

Make sure your voice is heard by voting for your regional representatives for the National Council!  Voting  is now open  for the following positions: 

  • SPS Zone Councilors for zones 1, 3, 4, 9, 13, and 14 (three-year terms)
  • Associate Zone Councilors for all 18 zones (one-year terms)
  • Sigma Pi Sigma President (two-year term) 

Each SPS Chapter is allotted one vote per position within their zone. Please discuss your candidate  selections   and designate someone to cast the ballot for your chapter. 


Find voting instructions and forms here.  Voting closes May 6


Virtual Colloquia with SPS

We are hosting live video talks through Zoom throughout the coming weeks. If you are unable to make any of the talks, no problem! All talks are recorded and posted to our  YouTube channel.

Previous Talks:

Tuesday, March 17: Susan White, Interim Director of the Statistical Research Center at AIP. Titled "You Can't Handle the Truth."

Tuesday, March 24: Greg Good, Director of the Center for History of Physics. Titled “Space Weather in the Time of Pandemic.”

Wednesday, April 1:Colleen Countryman, Assistant Professor & SPS Zone Councilor at Ithaca College. Titled: "The Development and Assessment of Instructional Mobile Apps for Physics Students." 

Next Talks :

Wednesday, April 15 at 3 PM EST: David J. Helfand, Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University and American Institute of Physics Board Chair. Titled: "Where Did All That CO2 Come From?" Join us at this link at the appropriate time: .


Sigma Pi Sigma Inductions Go Virtual


With schools and universities closing for the semester and moving to online learning, we know your previous plans for Sigma Pi Sigma inductions may have changed.  SPS National encourages schools to induct their new Sigma Pi Sigma class virtually. We have gathered some resources to help you with this, including a virtual induction ceremony script, PowerPoint template, and requests for Zoom meetings through SPS.  If you have any questions or requests for resources for inductions this year, please feel free reach out to us at


Chapter Reports Open April 15

Chapter Reports are a great way for you to look back on your accomplishments from the past year. Submitting a Chapter Report also enters your school in the running for an SPS Outstanding Chapter Award and other chapter designations. The first 100 chapters to submit their reports will be entered in a drawing for one of five $100 gift cards. Chapter Reports are due June 15!

If your chapter is not submitting a report this year, please complete the first section of the form to update your chapter information. Chapters updating their information will also be eligible for prizes!

We are all acclimating to major changes in the academic community. One such change may be to your GRE plans. Check for the latest updates on your local testing situation here. Be patient with yourself as plans change, and use the GradSchoolShopper application timeline to help you strategize your timing.


Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

APS April Meeting 2020, April 18-21: IN-PERSON MEETING CANCELLED

In-person meeting is cancelled. APS is working to set up an online virtual meeting. Meeting updates can be found here .


Find conference and registration updates  here.

ASA 179 Meeting, May 11-15: RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 2020

Find meeting information and updates here.

AAS 236 Meeting, May 31 – June 4: IN-PERSON MEETING  CANCELLED

Meeting is still happening virtually. Find more information and updates  here.

SPS offers Travel Awards of $300 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 $300 as an individual and $250 per person as a chapter in travel reimbursement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Now !


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