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SPS News Issue 176: May 12, 2020


SPS Virtual Senior Recognition Ceremony

Many colleges and universities have moved online for the rest of this academic year and into the summer. This has affected all undergraduate students in some way, especially our seniors who are seeing major changes to the traditions that come with being on campus and during graduation. To honor our seniors, SPS will be holding a Virtual Senior Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 21 at 3 PM EST . Register today! Family and friends are welcome to join.

We are looking for pictures of our seniors in physics gear, SPS gear, and/or graduation regalia to create a presentation for the virtual send-off! If you are interested in submitting a photo of yourself or of a friend who’s graduating, please email the picture to with the name(s) of the pictured student(s) and their school!


Chapter Reports are OPEN!

Chapter reports  are a great way to highlight your accomplishments from the past year. Submitting a Chapter Report also enters your school in the running for chapter designations such as the SPS Outstanding Chapter Award . 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 update your chapter information for the SPS national office records. You can do this by completing the first section of the chapter report form. Updating your information will also make your chapter eligible for prizes!


FREE Webinar: How to Network and Find Collaborators from Afar

Learn from a STEM careers consultant how to network, discuss strategies and tactics for finding new collaborators, and build mutually beneficial partnerships with professionals across the globe, all through digital spaces. Register now for this event on Thursday, May 28 at 1 PM ET.  Brought to you by Physics Today and the Society of Physics Students.


Virtually Present Your Research at AAPT Summer 2020

There is still time to sign up to present your research or outreach at the virtual AAPT Summer meeting. Sessions include dedicated undergraduate oral sessions, outreach workshops, and awesome plenaries. Sign up before June 3. There are still a limited number of reporter awards to cover the meeting registration.


Hey, Seniors! Check out the Careers Toolbox

If you are considering entering the workforce, the nine tools in the Careers Toolbox can help you discover your options and prepare you for success. These tools can be applied to finding internships, research positions, or even entrance into graduate programs. Download the full Careers Toolbox book here.

Is your semester starting to wind down? Choosing which graduate programs best align with your interests can be a long process, so get started early with GradSchoolShopper. Explore your options and take the guided tour at!


Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

AAS 236 Meeting, May 31 – June 4: VIRTUAL

Meeting happening virtually. Find more information and updates here.

Joint AAPM/COMP Meeting, July 12 – 16: VIRTUAL

Meeting has moved virtual. Find registration information here.

AAPT Summer Meeting, July 18 – 22: VIRTUAL

Meeting has moved virtual. Find meeting information here.


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

NEW: SPS National is now also offering Reporter Awards of $75 to cover registration for virtual meetings! Apply Now !


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